A joke-playing figure to be both feared and held in reverence. a central figure in north american mythology, the trickster is characteristically portrayed as human in mentality but animal in form. the term was invented by u.s. scholars to characterize this figure central to native american lore and survival practices.
Pratt p. 7
Ethnography is traditionally the way in which europeans use language and images to represent other peoples as objects of knowledge. Pratt develops the term autoethnography to characterize the way in which colonized subjects appropriate the terms and forms of colonial ethnography to represent themselves. it does not conform to the expectations of what constitutes native or authentic forms of self representation as they involve partial collaboration with appropriation or mixture with idioms, styles and forms associated with the "conqueror" or the colonizing cultures. The canonical example is Guaman Poma's use of the codex to represent Inca history and customs.
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