GREEN ESTATE (Smithsonian Series in Ethnographic Inquiry)

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The fourth-largest island in the world, located off the coast of East Arica, Madagascar was ruled by many thriving monarchies when the French, a longtime trading partner, turned to conquer it in 1895. "A Green Estate" traces the effect of French domination through the colonial period and into the years after official Malagasy independence in 1960. The book reveals how the people of northwest Madagascar have reasserted their ownership of the land and reclaimed their heritage through the ritual reburial of a king who died at the height of the colonial era. Gillian Feeley-Harnik begins by analyzing the long dialogue between the French and the Malagasy over monarchy, gender, death, land, work, and taxes. French rule, she shows, resulted in the imposition of provincial centers of government and commerce that diverted attention and labor from agricultural villages and religious centers. In the reconstruction of a royal tomb- a process that involves the use of botanic imagery drawn from Madagascar's unique flora- the people signal their loyalty to their ancestral land, often in the face of outsiders who would seize its resources for their own purposes. "A Green Estate" explores how international influences have segmented the patterns of work and worship of the Malagasy people. Migrating among the several places where they farm, trade, see wage labor, and serve royalty, the Malagasy reclaim their island's bounty, its past future, by venerating the ancestors who embody their own visions of death and development. About the author: Gillian Feeley-Harnik, professor of anthropology at The Johns Hopkins University, is the author of "The Lord's Table: Eucharist and Passover in Early Christianity".

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