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By Peter Gow

ISBN-10: 0199241953

ISBN-13: 9780199241958

Uniting the ethnographic info accrued through the fieldwork tools invented by means of Malinowski with Levi-Strauss's analyses of the kinfolk among fantasy and time, this e-book analyzes a century of social transformation of the indigenous Piro humans of Peruvian Amazonia. it really is an enormous contribution to anthropological debates at the nature of historical past and social swap, in addition to on missed parts akin to fable, visible paintings, and the methodological matters desirous about fieldwork and archival facts.

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Out of the forest they made their villages, both elearing ir, and literally by using forest products to build their houses. Apart from lhe 'fine things', anel whar they could get from the rivel~ lhe fores\" provided them with everything e1se they needed and, through garden foods, with the strength necessary to get them. In ÚlCt, indirectly, it provided them with the 'fine things' to o, for it was mainly through lumbering that local men obtained mOl1ey, anel through it, what they wanted fi'om the stores of the white bosses in 25 Scc Gow (1991: 90-115) for a h\r more dctailed accomll "f the local cconomy, and na tive pcople's placc within it.

Say, the who are people in the unelerworlel. Then he tolel me the story about the man tireel of living who went off under the carth to becomc a white-lipped peccary. ) marriage to a 'huangamta', 'a little fcmale white-lipped peccary'. He concluded the story with the eomments, 'My granelfather, Olel Shantako, says the white-Iipped pcccaries useel to be very abundant, they useel to just let the meat fOt, there was 80 much. But also, it is said, the white-lipped peccaries are people. ' I asked him jf this is also true of the other local species of peccaries, the collareel peccary (Ucayali Spanish, Piro, mrixi).

Ain for shamans, amazed local people. 1s, send illnesses to people, anel that 'factory medicines' availnothing in the face of them. Only shamans and hallucinogens coulc! cure such conditions. Piro people's amazement in the Ütce of the gringos' ignorance seemed to derive from its wilfulness. How could gringos deny an obvious feature of the immediate Piro lived world of the river and forest, an object about which they plainIy knew virtually 110thing? People in Santa Clara were clearly pleased by the interest that I showed in shamanry, anel by my willingness to take hallucinogens and to heed their aelvice about how to avoiel anel to cure illl1esses.

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