Ewok Anthropology
May 4, 2014 8:04 AM   Subscribe

In honor of May the Fourth, I present to you more information about Ewoks than you ever cared to know: The Return of the Subaltern (Part One and Part Two)
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI (9 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Ai cheewamma!
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 8:13 AM on May 4, 2014

Holy shit there's seriously an entry on Ewokese with a long vocabulary section in the Wookieepedia which I found out after posting that comment. Now I'm concerned that I've used a non-standard transliteration.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 8:15 AM on May 4, 2014 [2 favorites]

I never, EVER wanted to know anything about the Ewoks, except maybe how they could have accomplished the film without them.

I'd be much more interested in Tusken Raider or those adorable little Jawas.

Of course, it's just a coincidence that I happen to be watching "A New Hope" right now.
PURELY coincidence.
posted by John Kennedy Toole Box at 8:29 AM on May 4, 2014

C'mon extinction event.. C'mon exinction event
posted by mikelieman at 9:18 AM on May 4, 2014

The lecture isn't really about Ewoks from a lore standpoint, but rather the creation of the Ewoks as a fantasy of primitive culture and progress in the Star Wars mythos. The anthropology in question is a study of western mass-media culture, not the fictive world of Endor.

I do wonder whatever happened to the woman who provided the basis for their language, and if she ever saw the films.
posted by codacorolla at 9:19 AM on May 4, 2014 [2 favorites]

C'mon extinction event.. C'mon exinction event

posted by radwolf76 at 9:57 AM on May 4, 2014 [1 favorite]

"Dynamism, initiative, mobility, and rapidity of decision in the face of new situations...these represent a military art whose characteristic is to defeat material force with moral force, defeat what is strong with what is weak, defeat what is modern with that which is primitive, defeat the modern armies of the aggressive imperialists with the people’s patriotism and determination to carry out a thorough revolution. Yub nub."

-General Wicket Wystri Warrick, Ewok People's Liberation Front.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 10:46 AM on May 4, 2014 [7 favorites]

Hey! The great Wendy Doniger gets cited @ four minutes in!
posted by reuvenc at 1:51 AM on May 6, 2014

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