Shared Breath : Human and Nonhuman Copresence through Ritualized Words and Beyond

Show simple item record Siragusa, Laura Westman, Clinton Moritz, Sarah 2021-08-31T22:00:20Z 2021-12-17T22:02:35Z 2020-08-01
dc.identifier.citation Siragusa , L , Westman , C & Moritz , S 2020 , ' Shared Breath : Human and Nonhuman Copresence through Ritualized Words and Beyond ' , Current Anthropology , vol. 61 , no. 4 , pp. 471-494 .
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dc.description.abstract We introduce and elaborate on the notion of "shared breath" as a way of understanding human and nonhuman copresence and offer descriptions and narratives about three Indigenous groups in Russia and Canada, namely, Veps, Western Woods Cree, and Interior Salish St'at'imc. These data illustrate vividly how the underused metaphor of shared breath sheds light on active participation in life by and respectful relations with nonhuman beings, thus surpassing other overly used spatial, physical, and spiritual metaphors. We move beyond the physical aspects of discrete spaces and materials in extending consideration to pertinent metaphorical and tangible aspects of the verbal, sonorous, and ritual performances undertaken by humans in order to negotiate and reinforce relations with other beings. Relationality is continuously accommodated and regenerated by human and nonhuman agencies through ritual acts that include blowing, chants, breathing, drumming, visualizing, and smoking. The shared breath through which these encounters take place emblematizes turning moments, when new directions may be taken and long-term relations of respect may be established, validated, and reinforced. Shared breath is both a medium and a modality of shamanic and animist relationality, offering a new way of looking at human-nonhuman contact and exchange in animist ritual contexts and beyond. en
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Current Anthropology
dc.rights.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject ANIMALS
dc.subject BEAR
dc.subject CANADA
dc.subject INUIT
dc.subject KNOWLEDGE
dc.subject MATERIALITY
dc.subject ONTOLOGY
dc.subject POWER
dc.subject 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
dc.subject 5143 Social and cultural anthropology
dc.title Shared Breath : Human and Nonhuman Copresence through Ritualized Words and Beyond en
dc.type Article
dc.contributor.organization Area and Cultural Studies
dc.contributor.organization Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
dc.contributor.organization Department of Cultures
dc.description.reviewstatus Peer reviewed
dc.relation.issn 0011-3204
dc.rights.accesslevel openAccess
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