9780330493710

Die If You Must: Brazilian Indians In The Twentieth Century

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  • ISBN13:

    9780330493710

  • ISBN10:

    033049371X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-10-31
  • Publisher: Trans-Atlantic Pubns
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Summary

'Die if you must, but never kill' was the injunction to his officers of Candido Rondon, first leader of Brazil's Indian Protection Service established in 1910, as a new age of development and exploration began in the Amazon rain forests. Die If You Must completes John Hemming's authoritative trilogy on the history of the Brazilian Indians and covers the fate of the Indians in the twentieth century as 'civilized' life began inescapably to invade their world. John Hemming describes tough expeditions and thrilling first contacts with Indians, notably by the dedicated and exuberant Villas Boas brothers on the Xingu river. The book also tries to show the trauma of contact from the indigenous side and the devastating pressures on their lands and way of life. But the story of the Indians' fightback is as exciting as the contacts deep in the rain forests and was achieved by a coalition of activists - non-governmental organisations, some government officials, missionaries (most of whom radically changed their attitudes) , and above all by the indigenous peoples themselves. John Hemming has created a exuberantly vivid, brilliantly detailed picture of the Indian way of life. It is nothing shor

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xv
Maps xxi
1. Rondon
1(23)
2. First Contacts: Kaingang, Xokleng, and Nambiquara
24(28)
3. Parintintin and Munduruku
52(21)
4. The Xingu
73(12)
5. Araguaia, Xavante
85(25)
6. The Kayapo
110(23)
7. The Villas Boas' Xingu
133(42)
8. Tocantins-Maranhao
175(32)
9. The Rise and Fall of the Indian Protection Service
207(28)
10. Missionaries 235(37)
11. Generals and Highways 272(21)
12. Rondonia: Frontier Frenzy 293(30)
13. The Triumph of Activism 323(29)
14. Jê on the Warpath 352(31)
15. Brazilian Guiana 383(31)
16. Panará 414(20)
17. Struggles for Land: the South 434(26)
18. Manaus to Roraima 460(23)
19. Yanomami 483(44)
20. The Far West 527(34)
21. Rondonia: the Last Major Contact 561(22)
22. Struggles for Land: the North-East 583(35)
23. Rio Negro, Rio Branco 618(17)
24. Present and Future 635(18)
Bibliography 653(38)
Notes and References 691(123)
Index 814

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