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Genies of the Opacity of Human-Animal Relationships in Kakande, Guinea

By Vincent Leblan, Blandine Bricka

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This article investigates what it means for some inhabitants of northwestern Guinea to relate to the realm of 'nature' and, more specifically, to animals that are categorized as 'wild' by Westerners. The materials analysed in this article include villagers' narratives about their hunting activities, some of which were obtained while tracking chimpanzees in their company to gather behavioral data. Additional evidence was generated during a long interview with a griot who provided a wealth of ethological information through a series of short animal stories. For a hunter, the relationship with an animal is not bipolar because a genie may come between the predator and his prey in various ways, according to the kind of animal that is targeted. As for the physical and behavioral descriptions of animals in stories, they constitute heterogeneous knowledge that reveals the diversity of relationships that can be established with multiple species.

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Katie Carroll

Date 2013
Publication Title African Study Monographs
Volume 34
Issue 2
Pages 85-108
Publisher Kyoto University Research Information Repository
Location of Publication Sakyō-ku, Kyoto, Japan
URL http://hdl.handle.net/2433/179135
Language English
Additional Language English
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  1. Animals in culture
  2. Art
  3. Birds
  4. Cats
  5. Communication
  6. Dogs
  7. Fish
  8. Guinea
  9. Human-animal relationships
  10. Hunting
  11. Mammals
  12. Pet ownership
  13. Reptiles
  14. Rodents
  15. Storytelling
  16. Symbolism.
  17. villages