Anthropologies of Guayana : cultural spaces in northeastern Amazonia / edited by Neil L. Whitehead and Stephanie W. Alemán
- Native peoples of the Americas
- Series Foreword / Laurie Weinstein -- 1. Guayana as Anthropological Imaginary: Elements of a History / Neil L. Whitehead -- Pt. 1. Archaeology and Ecology -- 2. Pleistocene-Early Holocene Environmental Change: Implications for Human Adaptive Responses in the Guianas / Mark G. Plew -- 3. Between Orinoco and Amazon: The Ceramic Age in the Guianas / Stephen Rostain -- 4. Points of Convergence - Routes of Divergence: Some Considerations Based on Curt Nimuendaju's Archaeological Work in the Santarem-Trombetas Area and at Amapa / Per Stenborg -- 5. Scientific Forestry and Degraded Forests: The Story of Guiana Shield Forests / Janette Bulkan and John Palmer -- Pt. 2. Ethnography and Ethnology -- 6. Individual and Society in Guiana Revisited / Peter Riviere -- 7. The Guayanese Paradox / Denise Fajardo Grupioni -- 8. Imagining Group, Living Territory: A Kali'na and Wayana View of History / Gerard Collomb and Francis Dupuy -- 9. Historical Perspectives on Areruya Communicative Ideology / Susan K. Staats -- 10. Tongues in Space: Pa'ikwene (Palikur) Language(s), Relatedness, Identity / Alan Passes -- 11. Guyana's Amerindians, Postindependence Identity Politics, and National Discourse / Maria del Carmen Moreno -- 12. Ethnopolitics and Fractured Nationalism in Guyana / David Hinds -- 13. Postcolonial Policing and the Subculture of Violence in Guyana / Joan Mars -- Pt. 3. Theoretical and Imaginative Spaces -- 14. Guyana as a Literary and Imaginative Space / Lucia Sa -- 15. Inhabiting the Imagined Space: Constructing Waiwai Identity in the Deep South of Guyana / Stephanie W. Aleman -- 16. Metaphoric Detours and Improper Translations in the Double Field of Waiwai Anthropology / Evelyn Schuler Zea -- 17. Cultivating a "Culture": Wajapi Inventions / Dominique Tilkin Gallois -- 18. Angles of Vision from the Coast and Hinterland of Guyana / Alissa Trotz and Terry Roopnaraine.
- "This is an important collection that brings together the work of scholars from North America, South America, and Europe to reveal the anthropological significance of Guayana, the ancient realm of El Dorado and still the scene of gold and diamond mining. Beginning with the earliest civilizations of the region, the chapters focus on the historical ecology of the rain forest and the archaeological record up to the sixteenth century, as well as ethnography, ethnology, and perceptions of space. The book features extensive discussions of the history of a range of indigenous groups, such as the Waiwai, Trio, Wajapi, and Palikur. Contributions analyze the emergence of a postcolonial national society, the contrasts between the coastlands and upland regions, and the significance of race and violence in contemporary politics." "A noteworthy study of the prehistory and history of the region, the book also provides a useful survey of the current issues facing northeastern Amazonia. The essays extend the anthropological agenda beyond the conventional focus on the "indigenous" even as contributors describe how Guayanese languages, mythologies, and social structures have remained resilient in the face of intense outside pressures."--BOOK JACKET.
- 9780816526079 (hard cover) and 0816526079 (hard cover)
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- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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