9781405000956

Die If You Must : Brazilian Indians in the Twentieth Century

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    9781405000956

  • ISBN10:

    1405000953

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-12-01
  • Publisher: Trans-Atlantic Pubns
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Summary

'Die if you must, but never kill' was the injunction of the enlightened leader of the Brazilian movement to 'civilize' the Indian population in the first part of the 20th century. Years of exploration and exploitation of the Amazon's resources had revealed that those tribes living in the interior would need somehow to be brought into the modern world. Hemming describes the slow process of exploration, contact, their customs and practices and, disturbingly, their almost immediate decline on meeting modern man. He describes too, the change of heart which has led to a renaissance of tribal culture. It is heartening to learn finally that there are as many as 40 tribes still living in the Amazon forests-protected.

Author Biography

John Hemming was Director of the Royal Geographical Society in London from 1975 to 1996.

Table of Contents

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

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