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This front matter section of the book Pointy Shoes and Pith Helmets contains acknowledgments, table of contents. The book takes account of the multiple meanings that are constructed when scrutinizing visual appearances, by utilizing oral and less-traditional historical sources such as private photographs, material objects, personal accounts (diaries, letters, etc), and verbal information handed down through generations. These personal histories not only focus on material objects and their images, but they are inclusive of the embodied experiences these objects create. The book considers day-to-day reality, not simply the unreality of cultural identity as projected at festivities and special occasions such as weddings. Images and identity portrayed during those circumstances are representations of an imagined, created, wanted reality, which in effect is a false reality.

Keywords: cultural identity; private photographs



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