MoL-2017-21: Mohawk Temporality: Embodiment, Ritual, and Cognition

MoL-2017-21: Pasquariello, Alison (2017) Mohawk Temporality: Embodiment, Ritual, and Cognition. [Report]

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In this thesis, I investigate Mohawk temporality holistically—as an aspect of human engagement, as a culturally shared notion of time, and as a cognitive representation involved in linguistic and gestural expression. I begin by examining various Mohawk cultural expressions in order to grasp their anthropological, sociological, and spiritual engagements with time, while also providing valuable historical background. I pursue these theoretical findings in an interview-based study which examines the logical workings of a Mohawk conception of time by comparing and contrasting the participants’ conceptions of time with others’. The data points to a circular conception of time in which the ‘material’ and ‘spiritual’ worlds coexist, for which a formalism is presented. In addition, I analyze gesture production in order to corroborate these findings and propose a four-part classification scheme of Mohawk temporal gesture. Finally, I conclude the project by examining what future studies on Mohawk temporality may need to consider, in light of the close connection between capitalism, colonization, and cognition of time within the increased standardization of time in Western colonial practices.

Item Type: Report
Report Nr: MoL-2017-21
Series Name: Master of Logic Thesis (MoL) Series
Year: 2017
Subjects: Logic
Depositing User: Dr Marco Vervoort
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2017 14:30
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2017 14:30

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