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Mother Scorpion: Sex And Gender Among The Miskitu Of Nicaragua
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 18:45
Among the Miskitu, a hunter-horticulturalist-fishing people on Central America's Mosquito Coast, women's actions are centred on 'confederacies of sisters', groups of matrilineally related females. Meanwhile, men as spouses attach themselves to these confederacies from the outside, focusing on typically difficult relationships with their senior in-laws. The notion of a 'confederacy of sisters' capturing and consuming brothers-in-law or sons-in-law from outside the group finds its traditional representation in the figure of Yapti Misri, a female scorpion with hundreds of breasts.
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Across Australia, Aboriginal myths say that during the Dreamtime, women secreted fire in their vulvas, hiding their firesticks whenever a man approached. The myths go on to say that one day, a male hero stole fire from a woman and handed it over to men. In this workshop, a number of different versions of the myth will be analyzed using the techniques developed by the founder of structural anthropology, Claude Levi-Strauss. We will explore whether such myths help us to reconstruct changes in gender relations across Australia in the distant past.