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'Lanoue G, 1993: The Structure of the Possible in Tsimshian Myth: The Tribulations of Asdiwal. Anthropologie (Brno) 31, 1-2: 65-76'.
The Tsimshian of the northwest coast of Canada are described as matrilineal, but after arguins that matrilineality apparrently represents a necessary ideological inversion of important socio-political categories the author concludes that matrilineality is not an active term in social discourse. It is related to the categorical contradictions inherent in a system of political self-definition that is basically residential and incorporative. The myth of Asdiwal is examined to illustrate the point that myth in tribal society acts as a charter for action that deals with contingencies which are not anticipated in ideology.
Tsimshian - Northwest coast - Social organization - Matrilineality - Political self-definition - Ideology - Myth (Asdiwal) - Claude Lévi-Strauss
Les Tsimshian de la côte nord-ouest canadienne sont de culture matrilénaire. Cette matrilénéarité représentant apparement une inversion idéologique nécessaire d'importantes catégories socio-politiques, l'A. en conclut qu'elle n'est pas active dans le discours social. Elle est en relation avec les contradictions catégorielles appartenant à un système politique auto-défini qui est profondément local et corporatiste. (La traduction unofficielle)

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