The Anthropology of Myth: Tall Tales, Fish Stories & the Magic of Words

Event Type: Adult Program
Age Group(s): Adult, High School Age
Date: 2/28/2015
Start Time: 11:00 AM
End Time: 12:00 PM
 All cultures make meaning out of the world around them by weaving together stories, experiences, and metaphors in complex ways. In a world that is inherently mysterious and infinite, myths are one way human cultures make sense out of the unknown and unknowable, of delight and of fear.

In this lecture, with cultural anthropologists Amy Harper and Elizabeth Marino, you'll learn how anthropologists conceive of myth across the highly varied stories that are created by different cultures. We will explore whether myths can be considered "true" or "untrue"; and talk about a handful of specific myths that are told and retold in particular circumstances to pass on knowledge, to explain the world around us, and to highlight cultural values.

Library: Sunriver Public Library
Location: Meeting Room
Contact: Tina Walker Davis
Contact Number: 541-312-1034
Presenter: Amy Harper and Elizabeth Marino