Queer shamans: Autoarchaeology and neo-Shamanism (Neo-Druidism)

Authors
Citation
Rj. Wallis, Queer shamans: Autoarchaeology and neo-Shamanism (Neo-Druidism), WORLD ARCHA, 32(2), 2000, pp. 252-262
Citations number
38
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Archeology
Journal title
WORLD ARCHAEOLOGY
ISSN journal
0043-8243 → ACNP
Volume
32
Issue
2
Year of publication
2000
Pages
252 - 262
Database
ISI
SICI code
0043-8243(200010)32:2<252:QSAAN(>2.0.ZU;2-S
Abstract
Neo-shamanism is a largely unexplored spiritual practice among Western peop les that, by virtue of its queerness, has pressing implications for archaeo logists. In their practices, Druidic neo-shamans increasingly make pilgrima ges to ancient sites and express strong views on the socio-politics of thei r presentation and management. Rather than avoid the 'fringe' and dismiss t hese engagements with archaeology outright, as a normative archaeology tend s to, I explore Druidic neo-shamanism from a queer perspective; a predomina ntly self-conscious, self-reflective standpoint. This autoarchaeology, outs ide normative archaeological inquiry, recognizes aspects of the 'fringe' th at archaeologists prefer to ignore, such as a British reburial issue. My fi ndings are not wholly polemical since current relations between site manage rs and neo-shamans look towards future harmonizing engagements.