By Frances Karttunen

Spanning the globe and the centuries, Frances Karttunen tells the tales of 16 women and men who served as interpreters and publications to conquerors, missionaries, explorers, infantrymen, and anthropologists. those interpreters acted as uncomfortable bridges among worlds; their very own marginality, the truth that they belonged to neither world,underscores the complexity and rigidity among cultures assembly for the 1st time. The interpreters include:


o Do–a Marina (La Malinche), who interpreted for Cortes within the conquest of Mexico

o Sacajawea, who observed Lewis and Clark on their expedition

o Sarah Winnemucca, a U.S. military scout and Washington lobbyist for the Northern Paiutes

o Gaspar Antonio Chi, Maya Interpreter common for Yucatan

o Guaman Poma de Ayala,  eyewitness reporter of the destruction of Inca culture

o Charles Eastman, a Sioux health practitioner at Wounded Knee

o Larin Paraske, an informant for Finnish ethnographers

o Do–a Luz Jimenez, Diego Rivera’s version and a local informant to anthropologists

o Mar’a Sabina, the Mazatec mushroom shaman who grew to become a star within the drug tradition    of the 1960s

o Ishi, the final surviving Yahi Indian.




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