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Trekking Through History: The Huaorani of Amazonian Ecuador (Historical Ecology)

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The first description of Huaorani society and culture according to modern standards of ethnographic writing. Through her detailed comparative discussion of native Amazonian representations of history and the environment, Rival illustrates the unique way the Huaorani have socialized nature by choosing to depend on resources created in the past — highlighting the unique contribution anthropology makes to the study of environmental history.

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The Huaorani of Ecuador are members of a hunter-gatherer society that has remained largely aloof from the world outside them. Rival (anthropology, U. of Oxford, UK) presents an ethnography of these peoples that focuses on their nomadic way of life and its relation to their concepts about the person, death, predation, incorporation, and growth. She situates the Huaorani within the wider field of Amazonian anthropology, hoping to dispel the many myths about "Ecuador's last savages" that have arisen since their encounter with North American missionaries in 1956.
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The Huaorani of Ecuador lived as hunters and gatherers in the Amazonian rainforest for hundred of years, largely undisturbed by western civilization. Since their first encounter with North American missionaries in 1956, they have held a special place in journalistic and popular imagination as Ecuador's last savages. Trekking Through History is the first description of Huaorani society and culture according to modern standards of ethnographic writing. Through her comprehensive study of their extraordinary tradition of trekking, Laura Rival shows that the Huaorani cannot be seen merely as anachronistic survivors of the Spanish Conquest. Her critical reappraisal of the notions of agricultural regression and cultural devolution challenges the universal application of the thesis that marginal tribes of the Amazon Basin represent devolved populations who have lost their knowledge of agriculture. Far from being an evolutionary event, trekking expresses cultural creativity and political agency. Through her detailed comparative discussion of native Amazonian representations of history and the environment, Rival illustrates the unique way the Huaorani have socialized nature by choosing to depend on resources created in the past — highlighting the unique contribution anthropology makes to the study of environmental history.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780231118453
Author:
Rival, Laura M.
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
South American
Subject:
Nomads
Subject:
Huao Indians.
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology
Subject:
Latin America - South America
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Huao Indians -- Social life and customs.
Subject:
Huao Indians - Migrations
Subject:
World History-South America
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
The historical ecology series
Series Volume:
2326
Publication Date:
20020631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.48x5.76x.60 in. .87 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The Huaorani of Ecuador lived as hunters and gatherers in the Amazonian rainforest for hundred of years, largely undisturbed by western civilization. Since their first encounter with North American missionaries in 1956, they have held a special place in journalistic and popular imagination as Ecuador's last savages. Trekking Through History is the first description of Huaorani society and culture according to modern standards of ethnographic writing. Through her comprehensive study of their extraordinary tradition of trekking, Laura Rival shows that the Huaorani cannot be seen merely as anachronistic survivors of the Spanish Conquest. Her critical reappraisal of the notions of agricultural regression and cultural devolution challenges the universal application of the thesis that marginal tribes of the Amazon Basin represent devolved populations who have lost their knowledge of agriculture. Far from being an evolutionary event, trekking expresses cultural creativity and political agency. Through her detailed comparative discussion of native Amazonian representations of history and the environment, Rival illustrates the unique way the Huaorani have socialized nature by choosing to depend on resources created in the past — highlighting the unique contribution anthropology makes to the study of environmental history.
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