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The Myth of the Noble Savage

Ter Ellingson

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520222687
eISBN:
9780520925922
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520222687.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

In this study, the myth of the Noble Savage is an altogether different myth from the one defended or debunked by others over the years. That the concept of the Noble Savage was first invented by ... More


The Noble Savage and the World Wide Web

Ter Ellingson

in The Myth of the Noble Savage

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520222687
eISBN:
9780520925922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520222687.003.0022
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

The story of the creation of the myth of the Noble Savage ends with its introduction into the anthropological disputes and political struggles over racial equality and human rights of the ... More


The Ecologically Noble Savage

Ter Ellingson

in The Myth of the Noble Savage

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520222687
eISBN:
9780520925922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520222687.003.0023
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

Looking at academic publications in more traditional media in recent years, we find the Noble Savage myth and its rhetoric enjoying widespread popularity in many disciplines. As a pseudological and ... More


Conclusion

Ter Ellingson

in The Myth of the Noble Savage

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520222687
eISBN:
9780520925922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520222687.003.0025
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

Myths are by nature timeless; and the myth of the Noble Savage will inevitably generate more or less noble and ignoble savages. But as a rhetorical construct, the Noble Savage indeed has a history, ... More


The Makah Whale Hunt of 1999

Ter Ellingson

in The Myth of the Noble Savage

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520222687
eISBN:
9780520925922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520222687.003.0024
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

For a more specifically targeted example of the political uses of Ecologically Noble Savage rhetoric, this chapter turns to the case of Makah whaling. On May 17, 1999, the Makah of Neah Bay, in ... More


The Noble Savage Myth and Travel-Ethnographic Literature

Ter Ellingson

in The Myth of the Noble Savage

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520222687
eISBN:
9780520925922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520222687.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

In the interval between Lescarbot's invention of the Noble Savage concept at the beginning of the seventeenth century and its reemergence as a full-blown myth in the 1850s, the Noble Savage appears ... More


Popular Views of the Savage

Ter Ellingson

in The Myth of the Noble Savage

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520222687
eISBN:
9780520925922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520222687.003.0012
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

The existence of extensive scholarship on the Noble Savage in literary fiction allows one to see how problematic the concept is. On the one hand, it would be surprising if the writers of a “romantic” ... More


The Myth of the Noble Savage

Ter Ellingson

in The Myth of the Noble Savage

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520222687
eISBN:
9780520925922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520222687.003.0018
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

This chapter returns to the question of when and how the Noble Savage reentered the theoretical discourse of anthropology. It appears to have been reintroduced by John Crawfurd, soon to be elected ... More


Racial difference and ‘The Noble Savage’

Peters Laura

in Dickens and race

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780719064265
eISBN:
9781781705728
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719064265.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Chapter three, ‘Racial Difference and ‘The Noble Savage’’ is devoted to one of Dickens’s most infamous pieces, ‘The Noble Savage’ seeking to contextualise this piece both within a range of discourses ... More


Race, Mythmaking, and the Crisis in Ethnology

Ter Ellingson

in The Myth of the Noble Savage

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520222687
eISBN:
9780520925922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520222687.003.0014
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

The Noble Savage disappears after Lescarbot and Dryden, and does not reemerge in Rousseau. This chapter suggests that there were no accusations of Rousseau's promotion of a belief in the Noble ... More


Poetic Nobility: Dryden, Heroism, and Savages

Ter Ellingson

in The Myth of the Noble Savage

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520222687
eISBN:
9780520925922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520222687.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

Tracing the fate of the Noble Savage after Lescarbot leads in complex and ambiguous directions. This chapter examines Dryden's reference to the Noble Savage, apparently derived from Lescarbot's work. ... More


Colonialism, Savages, and Terrorism

Ter Ellingson

in The Myth of the Noble Savage

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520222687
eISBN:
9780520925922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520222687.003.0002
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

The ideas both of the Noble Savage and of an anthropological science of human diversity grew out of the writings of Renaissance European traveler-ethnographers. Both can be traced at least to the ... More


The Miscegenation Hoax

Ter Ellingson

in The Myth of the Noble Savage

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520222687
eISBN:
9780520925922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520222687.003.0021
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

In early 1864, a pamphlet called Miscegenation was published anonymously in the United States. This chapter examines P. T. Barnum's account of it in Humbugs of the World. Barnum describes the adroit ... More


Noble Savages and Barbarous Enemies

Miranda Aldhouse-Green

in Caesar's Druids: Story of an Ancient Priesthood

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300124422
eISBN:
9780300165883
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300124422.003.0002
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter explains the Classical world people, who considered themselves more civilized than their neighbours, entertaining perceptions of others that ranged from the wild barbarian to the Noble ... More


The Moon and the Mistletoe: In Search of Ancient Druids

Miranda Aldhouse-Green

in Caesar's Druids: Story of an Ancient Priesthood

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300124422
eISBN:
9780300165883
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300124422.003.0001
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter explains that the Druids of ancient literature were dynamic, their character changing according to chronology and to their chroniclers' perceptions. The Druids described by the Greek ... More


Ainu Ethnography: Historical Representations in the West

Hans Dieter Ölschleger

in Beyond Ainu Studies: Changing Academic and Public Perspectives

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824836979
eISBN:
9780824870973
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824836979.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter presents the social background of early ethnographic visions of Ainu through reports and opinions produced by Western travelers and anthropologists between the sixteenth and early ... More


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