Makuna: Portrait of an Amazonian People

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2003-11-01
  • Publisher: Random House Inc

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Throughout their history, the Makuna have withstood the social and environmental stresses inflicted upon them by European arrival, the Amazonian rubber boom at the turn of the century, and a black-market demand for coca leaves during the 1970s and 1980s. Most recently, gold mining is threatening to destroy their hills and forests and to weaken their traditions. Countering this menacing scenario,Makunaevokes the vitality of a culture in which the natural, spiritual, and human worlds are fundamentally united. In stunning, full-color photographs and an evocative text, Diego Samper and Kaj Arhem celebrate the natural surroundings, domestic life, and vibrant rituals of a rainforest people whose cultural future is being jeopardized by outsiders' destruction of their lands.

Author Biography

Kaj Århem is a professor of social anthropology at the University of Göteborg, Sweden and the author of four other books, including Makuna Social Organization.

Diego Samper is a prominent Colombian photographer who has visited and worked with the Makuna since 1977.

Table of Contents

Coming Homep. 2
The Makuna Worldp. 12
The Landp. 40
The Long Housep. 64
Making a Livingp. 94
The Dance of the Spiritsp. 124
The Threatp. 150
Notesp. 165
Bibliographyp. 167
Indexp. 169
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