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Exoticisation UndressedEthnographic Nostalgia and Authenticity in Emberá Clothes$
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Dimitrios Theodossopoulos

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781526100832

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526100832.001.0001

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Static sketches in transformation

Static sketches in transformation

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Exoticisation Undressed
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Dimitrios Theodossopoulos

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526100832.003.0002

The chapter provides a description of the old Emberá code of dress, as this is conceived, in static terms, as ‘tradition’. A description of the normative Emberá attire and the Emberá practice of body painting is indispensible—not only for the benefit of the uninitiated reader—but also as a point of departure for a more nuanced analysis in the following chapters. As the author reflexively admits, his scholarly comparisons with the previous ethnographic record structure his ethnographic nostalgia, and provide a measure of comparison to appreciate that even some of the most old-fashioned elements of the Emberá dress code are now re-adapted to meet contemporary concerns. Emberá attire, even when statically conceived as ‘traditional’, is subject to change.

Keywords:   Emberá attire, body painting, ethnographic nostalgia

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