I am indebted to a number of people who have
had a formative influence on this book, among them Tom Johnson, Valene Smith and Lowell
Stratton at the California State University, Chico; Dan Crowley at the University of
California, Davis, and Gilbert Youmans at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Thanks
also go to John Foley, Ed Tyler and Sarah Feeny at the University of Missouri, Columbia,
for introducing me to oral-formulaic theory, and for recommending books and articles on
the subject. A special thanks is due to Connie Reece, also of the University of Missouri,
who read the book in proof, and converted many awkward Cairney-isms into readable prose
while struggling through the difficult Gaelic spellings in Part II. Finally, thanks is due
to Art Lehmann, California State University, Chico, who introduced me to anthropology and
inspired me with its possibilities as a tool for understanding cultural continuities past
and present. This book is a direct result of that inspiration.
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