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Early explorers describe encounters with fearsome warrior women and tell of golden cities complete with twenty-four-carat kings. Contemporary miners talk about a living, breathing gold. TV documentaries decry deforestation and mercury poisoning. How do these disparate visions of the Amazon relate to one another? As she fits the pieces of the puzzle together, Slater shows how today's widespread portrayal of the region as a fragile rain forest on the brink of annihilation is every bit as likely as earlier depictions to obscure important aspects of this immense and complicated region.
In this book, Slater draws on her fifteen years of experience collecting stories and oral histories among many different groups of people in the Amazon. Throughout Entangled Edens, the voices of contemporary Amazonians mingle with the analyses of such writers as Claude Lévi-Strauss, Theodore Roosevelt, and nineteenth-century naturalist Henry Walter Bates. Slater convinces us that these stories and ideas, together with an understanding of their origins and ongoing impact, are as critical as scientific analyses in the fight to preserve the rain forest.
|1||The Meeting of the Waters||1|
|2||El Dorado and the Golden Legacy||19|
|3||The Encante as a World in Motion||54|
|4||Warrior Women, Virgin Forests, and Green Hells||81|
|5||Gold as a Woman||101|
|6||Roots of the Rain Forest||133|
|7||Lakes within Lakes||158|
|Chronology of Key Dates||205|
|Glossary of Selected Terms||218|