Amazonian Indians from Prehistory to the Present: Anthropological Perspectives / Edition 1

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Overview

Amazonia has long been a focus of debate about the impact of the tropical rain forest environment on indigenous cultural development. This edited volume draws on the subdisciplines of anthropology to present an integrated perspective of Amazonian studies. The contributors address transformations of native societies as a result of their interaction with Western civilization from initial contact to the present day, demonstrating that the pre- and postcontact characteristics of these societies display differences that until now have been little recognized.

CONTENTS
Amazonian Anthropology: Strategy for a New Synthesis, Anna C. Roosevelt
The Ancient Amerindian Polities of the Amazon, Orinoco and Atlantic Coast: A Preliminary Analysis of Their Passage from Antiquity to Extinction, Neil Lancelot Whitehead
The Impact of Conquest on Contemporary Indigenous Peoples of the Guiana Shield: The System of Orinoco Regional Interdependence, Nelly Arvelo-Jiménez and Horacio Biord
Social Organization and Political Power in the Amazon Floodplain: The Ethnohistorical Sources, Antonio Porro
The Evidence for the Nature of the Process of Indigenous Deculturation and Destabilization in the Amazon Region in the Last 300 Years: Preliminary Data, Adélia Engrácia de Oliveira
Health and Demography of Native Amazonians: Historical Perspective and Current Status, Warren M. Hern
Diet and Nutritional Status of Amazonian Peoples, Darna L. Dufour
Hunting and Fishing in Amazonia: Hold the Answers, What are the Questions?, Stephen Beckerman
Homeostasis as a Cultural System: The Jivaro Case, Philippe Descola
Farming, Feuding, and Female Status: The Achuara Case, Pita Kelekna
Subsistence Strategy, Social Organization, and Warfare in Central Brazil in the Context of European Penetration, Nancy M. Flowers
Environmental and Social Implications of Pre- and Post-Contact Situations on Brazilian Indians: The Kayapo and a New Amazonian Synthesis, Darrell Addison Posey
Beyond Resistance: A Comparative Study of Utopian Renewal in Amazonia, Michael F. Brown
The Eastern Bororo Seen from an Archaeological Perspective, Irmhilde Wüst
Genetic Relatedness and Language Distributions in Amazonia, Harriet E. Manelis Klein
Language, Culture, and Environment: Tup¡-Guaran¡ Plant Names Over Time, William Balée and Denny Moore
Becoming Indian: The Politics of Tukanoan Ethnicity, Jean E. Jackson

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Editorial Reviews

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"Not a handbook of Amazonian indigenous people but it is an important treatise that clearly shows existing cultures do not necessarily represent their pre-contact predecessors. All anthropologists and ethnobiologists with interest in the Amazon will enjoy this book."—Journal of Ethnobiology"This outstanding collection of essays well represents recent scholarship on the South American tropical lowlands."—The Historian"A useful corrective to researchers who assume that contemporary native Amazonians faithfully represent past social formations. . . . The final chapter . . . is simply the best I have ever read on the complexities of the politics of ethnic identity and autonomy in Amazonia." —American Scientist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816518210
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 420
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Preface
1 Amazonian Anthropology: Strategy for a New Synthesis 1
2 The Ancient Amerindian Polities of the Amazon, the Orinoco, and the Atlantic Coast: A Preliminary Analysis of Their Passage from Antiquity to Extinction 33
3 The Impact of Conquest on Contemporary Indigenous Peoples of the Guiana Shield: The System of Orinoco Regional Interdependence 55
4 Social Organization and Political Power in the Amazon Floodplain: The Ethnohistorical Sources 79
5 The Evidence for the Nature of the Process of Indigenous Deculturation and Destabilization in the Brazilian Amazon in the Last Three Hundred Years: Preliminary Data 95
6 Health and Demography of Native Amazonians: Historical Perspective and Current Status 123
7 Diet and Nutritional Status of Amazonian Peoples 151
8 Hunting and Fishing in Amazonia: Hold the Answers, What Are the Questions? 177
9 Homeostasis as a Cultural System: The Jivaro Case 203
10 Farming, Feuding, and Female Status: The Achuar Case 225
11 Subsistence Strategy, Social Organization, and Warfare in Central Brazil in the Context of European Penetration 249
12 Environmental and Social Implications of Pre- and Postcontact Situations on Brazilian Indians: The Kayapo and a New Amazonian Synthesis 271
13 Beyond Resistance: Comparative Study of Utopian Renewal in Amazonia 287
14 The Eastern Bororo from an Archaeological Perspective 315
15 Genetic Relatedness and Language Distributions in Amazonia 343
16 Language, Culture, and Environment: Tupi-Guarani Plant Names Over Time 363
17 Becoming Indians: The Politics of Tukanoan Ethnicity 383
Index 407
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