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Vital diplomacy: the ritual everyday on a dammed river in Amazonia

Nahum-Claudel, Chloe (2017) Vital diplomacy: the ritual everyday on a dammed river in Amazonia. Ethnography, Theory, Experiment. (5). Berghahn Books, New York, NY. ISBN 9781785334061

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In Brazil, where forest meets savanna, new towns, agribusiness and hydroelectricity plants form a patchwork with the indigenous territories. Here, agricultural work, fishing, songs, feasts and exchanges occupy the Enawenê-nawê for eight months of each year, during a season called Yankwa. Vital Diplomacy focuses on this major ceremonial cycle to shed new light on classic Amazonian themes such as kinship, gender, manioc cultivation and cuisine, relations with non-humans and foreigners, and the interplay of myth and practice, exploring how ritual contains and diverts the threat of violence by reconciling antagonistic spirits, coordinating social and gender divides, and channelling foreign relations and resources.

Item Type: Book
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Additional Information: © 2017 The Author
Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2020 10:15
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2021 23:17

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