something amusing at work....

Elizabeth Vance (epoland@OSF1.GMU.EDU)
Sun, 11 Feb 1996 11:47:28 -0500

Hi all...

I thought you might enjoy this. As I've mentioned before, I'm working
on a CD-Rom project of the Canela in Brazil. We were at work on
Thursday, going over some pictures of them with the anthropologist who
took them, trying to ascertain if there was anything we were missing in
our interpretation. We were looking at this image of a young girl
wearing a beautiful necklace of hundreds of beads, and attached to which
was several small shiny silver coins. I had asked if there was any
significance to wearing the coins as jewelry, if they retained their
monetary value, or if they became simply ornamental once they were worn
as jewelry. Dr. Crocker assured me that they were just part of the
necklace, that there was no "hidden" meaning to them. I started to ask
again, sure that there was something else to it, when, as I often do, I
fingered the pendant that my husband gave me for an anniversary present:
a 300 year old korean coin (pretty figures, nice big hole in the middle
for a cord), which has no other meaning than I thought it was pretty
when I saw it. Suddenly, I understood completely. We went on to the
next picture.

- Elizabeth