Ants for Breakfast: Archaeological Adventures among the by James Skibo

By James Skibo

A view from the distant Philippine highlands the place the author’s time within the kalinga native land was once filled with the weather of a mystery novel: secret, chance, intercourse, violence, death—and study too!

Ants for Breakfast is set the journey of contemporary archaeology. looking perception into prehistoric pottery manufacture and use, archaeologist James Skibo traveled to the distant Phillippine highlands to reside with the Kalinga humans, as soon as headhunters, and one of many few teams on the planet who nonetheless use ceramics for cooking.

Even as he searched for clues to the previous within the practices of the current, the author’s time within the Kalinga native land used to be full of excitment: secret, probability, intercourse, violence, and demise. It was once additionally a chance to flavor a international either subtly and enormously various, whereas including a brand new point of view to his personal. during his narrative, Skibo seizes each chance to hyperlink his stories to the advance of recent archaeology, and to such subject matters as human evolution, the peopling of the area, animal domestication, cultural common sense, meals taboos, basketball, Indiana Jones, or even Imelda Marcos.

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With the only light in the village shining through the open windows, our house looked like a single, bright Christmas ornament.  The sight reminded me of how a swarm of bees, following their queen, will light upon a branch and bend it from their combined weight.  In a heated debate that was not translated for Bill at the time, one Kalinga man stated that Bill was planning to take their pots and sell them for a big profit, while another man was heard to say that he suspected Bill intended to take the Kalinga potters to America and make the women slaves.

That was the best twenty bucks I have ever spent.  But there was one instance, late one night, when my offer to pay for medical treatment was refused.  It was fortunate that she fainted for I could manipulate her finger without her cringing and moaning.  I thought that like the prehistoric surgeons, I might work on this girl's finger as she lay motionless.  She still was quite pale, so I allowed her to remain on the floor for a while as I addressed her father.  I told the father that I would come by in the morning and if the finger was infected she really should go to the doctor.

This would not be the last time I fantasized about wiring for my meager savings, building a big house, buying lots of rice fields, and becoming a powerful Kalinga man.  I drew comfort Page 33 knowing he would be hiking with us to Guina­ang that day.  Bill had done so many times, but I did not think he counted; his spotters would have snatched him before he plunged into the raging waters.  This trail, once traveled by Spanish conquistadors, also was the escape route for Filipino nationalist and first president, Emilio Aguinaldo.

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