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Type: Paper
Paper Title: ARTICULATING ITINERARIES, HEALING INTERSECTIONS
Author: JONATHAN WALZ (Rollins College)   
Date/Time: Fri., 2:15 PM
Co-Author(s): JONATHAN WALZ (Rollins College) 
Abstract: Foreign inspired networks of slave and ivory trafficking crisscrossed the countryside of nineteenth century East Africa. Traces in northeastern Tanzania reveal the connective routes of this tumultuous period. Among contemporary healer-historians, “articulating” route itineraries during medical rituals begins a healing process. Items are collected from nodes, marketplaces, and other locales of foreign impact along historic routes. Then, healers assemble the objects—representative of places of circulation and metonymic of routes—in a medicine gourd. The figurative collapsing of the landscape (via associated objects) into a container enables the contemplation of all of time. In this way, healers familiarize “the foreign” and resolve cultural intersections. Based on study and experiences in the lower Pangani (Ruvu) Basin, Tanzania, this “archaeology” draws on circulated items representative of routes through which healers come to terms with social traumas and change.

Program Number: 3-0760
Session Title: THINGS IN MOTION: OBJECT HISTORIES, BIOGRAPHIES, AND ITINERARIES
Session Sponsor: Co-Sponsored by Archaeology Division and Archaeology Division
Session Date/Time: Fri., 1:45 PM-3:30 PM
Organizer(s): SUSAN GILLESPIE (University of Florida), ROSEMARY JOYCE (University of California-Berkeley) 
Chair(s): ROSEMARY JOYCE (University of California-Berkeley)  
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