Carlson, Joyce

Resources by SIL:
Anthropology

Supyire Funerals – Then and Now

Language: Senoufo, Supyire

This paper begins with a description of the rites that make up traditional Supyire funerals in order to gain an understanding of what these rites convey to the people who practice them, and the functions of these rites within their traditional setting. A look will then be taken at a Supyire Christian funeral, and at more recent developments away from traditional practices, as members of the Supyire community turn towards Christian or Muslim beliefs.

Subject: Anthropology

Marriage Customs among the Supyire

Publisher: SIL Mali, 1982
Language: Senoufo, Supyire

The wedding and post-wedding events attending and following the marriage of a Supyire couple witnessed by the author on April 23, 1982 are described. Patrilocal marriages are arranged between two patrilineal descent groups by means of the intervention of an intermediary and the giving of gifts and labor to the bride's family. Consanguineal relations are seen to supersede affinal ones. The social status of each person relative to others is clearly defined.

Subject: Anthropology

The Stranger's Eyes

Publisher: SIL Mali, 1995
Language: Senoufo, Supyire

Supyire proverb: "The stranger's eyes are wide open, but he does not see anything."

An attempted community development project is outlined in this paper. It reveals how the villagers perceived the mill project differently from the expatriate who initiated the project and why the project was a failure. Following the case study, Hugh Tracy asks questions concerning the right approach to such a project.

Subject: Anthropology