THE LAST CANNIBALS A SOUTH AMERICAN ORAL HISTORY

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The Last Cannibals

Author : Ellen B. Basso
ISBN : 0292792069
Genre : Social Science
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An especially comprehensive study of Brazilian Amazonian Indian history, The Last Cannibals is the first attempt to understand, through indigenous discourse, the emergence of Upper Xingú society. Drawing on oral documents recorded directly from the native language, Ellen Basso transcribes and analyzes nine traditional Kalapalo stories to offer important insights into Kalapalo historical knowledge and the performance of historical narratives within their nonliterate society. This engaging book challenges the familiar view of biography as a strictly Western literary form. Of special interest are biographies of powerful warriors whose actions led to the emergence of a more recent social order based on restrained behaviors from an earlier time when people were said to be fierce and violent. From these stories, Basso explores how the Kalapalo remember and understand their past and what specific linguistic, psychological, and ideological materials they employ to construct their historical consciousness. Her book will be important reading in anthropology, folklore, linguistics, and South American studies.
Category: Social Science

The Wanano Indians Of The Brazilian Amazon

Author : Janet M. Chernela
ISBN : 9780292782679
Genre : Social Science
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The Wanano Indians of the northwest Amazon have a social system that differs from those of most tropical forest tribes. Neither stratified by wealth nor strictly egalitarian, Wanano society is "ranked" according to rigidly bound descent groups. In this pioneering ethnographic study, Janet M. Chernela decodes the structure of Wanano society. In Wanano culture, children can be "grandparents," while elders can be "grandchildren." This apparent contradiction springs from the fact that descent from ranked ancestors, rather than age or accumulated wealth, determines one's standing in Wanano society. But ranking's impulse is muted as senior clans, considered to be succulent (referring to both seniority and resource abundance), must be generous gift-givers. In this way, resources are distributed throughout the society. In two poignant chapters aptly entitled "Ordinary Dramas," Chernela shows that rank is a site of contest, resulting in exile, feuding, personal shame, and even death. Thus, Chernela's account is dynamic, placing rank in historic as well as personal context. As the deforestation of the Amazon continues, the Wanano and other indigenous peoples face growing threats of habitat destruction and eventual extinction. If these peoples are to be saved, they must first be known and valued. The Wanano Indians of the Brazilian Amazon is an important step in that direction.
Category: Social Science

Latin American Research Review

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ISBN : UCSD:31822022930499
Genre : Electronic journals
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An interdisciplinary journal that publishes original research and surveys of current research on Latin America and the Caribbean.
Category: Electronic journals

Ethnographic Puzzles

Author : Kaj Århem
ISBN : 0485115301
Genre : Social Science
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This study assesses how versatile are the techniques of classical anthropology when confronted by the ethnographically unfamiliar. Each essay seeks to elucidate an empirical problem through orthodox and heterodox uses of standard techniques.
Category: Social Science

Latino A Research Review

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105113375344
Genre : Caribbean Americans
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Category: Caribbean Americans

Hans Staden S True History

Author : Hans Staden
ISBN : STANFORD:36105131652120
Genre : History
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Discourse on cannibalism as seen through the writings of German adventurer, Hans Staden, who was captured in South America in 1550 by the Tupi Indians, who had a reputation of cooking and eating their enemies. This is a new edition.
Category: History

Newsletter

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ISBN : IND:30000046989020
Genre : Indians
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Category: Indians