OUR MOSLEM SISTERS by Annie van Sommer and Samuel M. Zwemer

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13 Fewkes’s view continues more or less intact today. Even though Bourke’s theory is displaced by Fewkes’s, Bourke’s book nets considerable cultural and academic capital. Eventually, he is elected president of the American Folklore Association. For Bourke, who dared to step down into a snakefilled kiva, this stepping back to write, lecture, and theorize was also a stepping up. His ethnographic foray and publication presage a tourist flood. A few years after the publication of Snake-Dance, other anthropologists arrive at the mesas.

Bourke, a graduate of West Point Military Academy, is only thirty-five years old. Even so, he is already a seasoned soldier, having fought in and survived the Civil War at age sixteen, then weathered two of the fiercest Indian wars, those with the Apaches and the Lakotas. Bourke is regarded by Indians and soldiers alike as dogged, courageous, fair, and literary-minded. ” When Apaches want favors, Bourke, ever the scholar, trades favors for religious knowledge. ”6 No site in North America has been continuously inhabited for a longer time than the three high desert mesas inhabited by the Hopis.

But since you are cultivating expertise, you are torn. Perhaps you will return to the same place, producing a follow-up or longitudinal study. If we connect its beginning and ending, this process becomes a cyclical narrative. It begins, ends, and then starts over again. When it starts over, we scholars claim to be building on our previous research records. Grant proposal forms frequently ask assessors about track records, assuming that, having run the race once, applicants are more likely to complete subsequent rounds.

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