Life on the Amazon

The Anthropology of a Brazilian Peasant Village

Author: Mark Harris

Publisher: British Academy and the Museums


Category: Social Science

Page: 236

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This is an innovative contribution to anthropology's interest in how identity is created and defined. Dr Harris uses two forms of ethnographic writing to explore the historical and social identity of a village of caboclo fisherpeople who live on the banks on the River Amazon. He intersperses his analytical chapters with narrative sections that describe more freely what the people do and how they do it. He thus moves beyond notions of identity that define themselves in collective, ethnic or class terms, by focusing on people's practical engagement with their environment. As the first full-length study of a modern Amazonian floodplain peasantry, this volume also contributes to debates in ecological and economic anthropology and to studies of the peasantry in Latin America.

Life in the Amazon Rainforest

Author: Ginjer L. Clarke

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1524784893

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 7024

Journey through the jungle in this fact-packed leveled reader! Welcome to the largest rainforest in the world, a vast wonder just waiting for you to explore. Follow along as pink dolphins dart through the flooded river, vampire bats swoop down from the trees, and giant green anacondas slowly slither across the forest floor. This humongous habitat is home to millions of plants, animals, and people. But large as it may be, the Amazon Rainforest is in danger--and shrinking fast. Learn more about this amazing place and discover what you can do to help save the rainforest!

Life in the Amazon Rain Forest

Author: Stuart A. Kallen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781560063872

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 96

View: 1714

Describes the history, life, and culture of the Yanomami, an indigenous tribe still living a primitive existence in the Amazon rain forest.

Life in the Amazon Jungle

Author: Alan Trussell-Cullen

Publisher: Nelson Australia

ISBN: 9780170126779

Category: Amazon River Region

Page: 24

View: 3871

The Amazon Jungle is home to more different species of plants and animals than any other place on earth.

The Burning Season

The Murder of Chico Mendes and the Fight for the Amazon Rain Forest

Author: Andrew Revkin

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 9781610913485

Category: Nature

Page: 344

View: 8580

In this reissue of the environmental classic The Burning Season, with a new introduction by the author, Andrew Revkin artfully interweaves the moving story of Chico Mendes's struggle with the broader natural and human history of the world's largest tropical rain forest. "It became clear," writes Revkin, acclaimed science reporter for The New York Times, "that the murder was a microcosm of the larger crime: the unbridled destruction of the last great reservoir of biological diversity on Earth." In his life and untimely death, Mendes forever altered the course of development in the Amazon, and he has since become a model for environmental campaigners everywhere.

Tales of the Yanomami

Daily Life in the Venezuelan Forest

Author: Jacques Lizot

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521406727

Category: Social Science

Page: 196

View: 3971

After living fifteen years with the Yanomami, Lizot provides direct accounts of daily experience, shamanism, conflict and alliances.

The Xikrin

Indigenous Life in a Changing Amazon

Author: Nina Wegner

Publisher: Vanishing Cultures Project

ISBN: 9780991489602


Page: 124

View: 6178

Deep within the verdant tangles of the Brazilian Amazon near the mighty Xingu River live the Xikrin, a river-faring indigenous people who depend largely on the jungle and river system for their livelihood. Experts of their terrain, the Xikrin have adapted to the harsh realities of life in the Amazon, creating an oasis of human comfort in circular villages on the banks of the Bacaja River. Just a few miles away, however, rises the megalithic Belo Monte Dam, the third-largest dam in the world and Brazil's largest-ever infrastructure project. As the dam threatens to displace more than 20,000 people and to severely impact the river and surrounding forest, what will this mean for local people like the Xikrin, whose lives depend on the environment? The Vanishing Cultures Project went to the Amazon to document the Xikrin's lifestyle, deeply embedded in traditional hunting-and-gathering practices. Recording the legends and lore of how the Xikrin's ancestors came to live in harmony with the land around them, and capturing the first-hand accounts of Xikrin villagers, this book reflects the scenes, traditions, and stories of the Xikrin before the Belo Monte Dam alters the natural and cultural environment forever."

The Amazon Jungle Venture

Author: Ted Hamerline

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1499063806

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 90

View: 4213

This is a true history and my intention was to build a school for the settlers in the area of BR 174 kilometer 178 ,and a warning about the disforestation in that area by Serragro-Serraria Agro Pecuaria, and others extracting thousand of trees unchecked by no one. (Kilometer 210 BR 174.)

The Amazon

Land without History

Author: Euclides da Cunha

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199938954

Category: History

Page: 128

View: 6806

In the eight pieces that make up Land Without History, first published in Portuguese in 1909, Euclides da Cunha offers a rare look into twentieth century Amazonia, and the consolidation of South American nation states. Mixing scientific jargon and poetic language, the essays in Land Without History provide breathtaking descriptions of the Amazonian rivers and the ever-changing nature that surrounds them. Brilliantly translated by Ronald Sousa, Land Without History offers a view of the ever changing ecology of the Amazon, and a compelling testimony to the Brazilian colonial enterprise, and its imperialist tendencies with regard to neighboring nation-states.

The Scramble for the Amazon and the "Lost Paradise" of Euclides da Cunha

Author: Susanna B. Hecht

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226322831

Category: History

Page: 600

View: 3707

The fortunes of the late nineteenth century’s imperial and industrial powers depended on a single raw material—rubber—with only one source: the Amazon basin. And so began the scramble for the Amazon—a decades-long conflict that found Britain, France, Belgium, and the United States fighting with and against the new nations of Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil for the forest’s riches. In the midst of this struggle, Euclides da Cunha, engineer, journalist, geographer, political theorist, and one of Brazil’s most celebrated writers, led a survey expedition to the farthest reaches of the river, among the world’s most valuable, dangerous, and little-known landscapes. The Scramble for the Amazon tells the story of da Cunha’s terrifying journey, the unfinished novel born from it, and the global strife that formed the backdrop for both. Haunted by his broken marriage, da Cunha trekked through a beautiful region thrown into chaos by guerrilla warfare, starving migrants, and native slavery. All the while, he worked on his masterpiece, a nationalist synthesis of geography, philosophy, biology, and journalism he named the Lost Paradise. Da Cunha intended his epic to unveil the Amazon’s explorers, spies, natives, and brutal geopolitics, but, as Susanna B. Hecht recounts, he never completed it—his wife’s lover shot him dead upon his return. At once the biography of an extraordinary writer, a masterly chronicle of the social, political, and environmental history of the Amazon, and a superb translation of the remaining pieces of da Cunha’s project, The Scramble for the Amazon is a work of thrilling intellectual ambition.

Scoping the Amazon

Image, Icon, and Ethnography

Author: Stephen Nugent

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1315420406

Category: Social Science

Page: 260

View: 5345

The Amazon Indian is an icon that straddles the world between the professional anthropologist and the popular media. Presented alternately as the noble primitive, the savior of the environment, and as a savage, dissolute, cannibalistic half-human, it is an image well worth examining. Stephen Nugent does just that, critiquing the claims of authoritativeness inherent in visual images presented by anthropologists of Amazon life in the early 20th century and comparing them with the images found in popular books, movies, and posters. The book depicts the field of anthropology as its own form of culture industry and contrasts it to other similar industries, past and present. For visual anthropologists, ethnographers, Amazon specialists, and popular culture researchers, Nugent's book will be enlightening, entertaining reading.


A Harrowing True Story of Survival in the Amazon

Author: Yossi Ghinsberg

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1632208849

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 4959

“A powerful story of self-discovery, survival in the wild.” —Los Angeles Times Four travelers meet in Bolivia and set off into the heart of the Amazon rainforest, but what begins as a dream adventure quickly deteriorates into a dangerous nightmare, and after weeks of wandering in the dense undergrowth, the four backpackers split up into two groups. But when a terrible rafting accident separates him from his partner, Yossi is forced to survive for weeks alone against one of the wildest backdrops on the planet. Stranded without a knife, map, or survival training, he must improvise shelter and forage for wild fruit to survive. As his feet begin to rot during raging storms, as he loses all sense of direction, and as he begins to lose all hope, he wonders whether he will make it out of the jungle alive. The basis of an upcoming motion picture, Jungle is the story of friendship and the teachings of nature, and a terrifying true account that you won’t be able to put down.

Indigenous Agency in the Amazon

The Mojos in Liberal and Rubber-Boom Bolivia, 1842–1932

Author: Gary Van Valen

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

ISBN: 0816599785

Category: History

Page: 264

View: 5001

The largest group of indigenous people in the Bolivian Amazon, the Mojos, has coexisted with non-Natives since the late 1600s, when they accepted Jesuit missionaries into their homeland, converted to Catholicism, and adapted their traditional lifestyle to the conventions of mission life. Nearly two hundred years later they faced two new challenges: liberalism and the rubber boom. White authorities promoted liberalism as a way of modernizing the region and ordered the dismantling of much of the social structure of the missions. The rubber boom created a demand for labor, which took the Mojos away from their savanna towns and into the northern rain forests. Gary Van Valen postulates that as ex-mission Indians who lived on a frontier, the Mojos had an expanded capacity to adapt that helped them meet these challenges. Their frontier life provided them with the space and mind-set to move their agricultural plots and cattle herds, join independent indigenous groups, or move to Brazil. Their mission history gave them the experience they needed to participate in the rubber export economy and the politics of white society. Van Valen argues that the indigenous Mojos also learned how to manipulate liberal discourse to their advantage. He demonstrates that the Mojos were able to survive the rubber boom, claim the right of equality promised by the liberal state, and preserve important elements of the culture they inherited from the missions.

Brazil Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Republic [2 volumes]

An Encyclopedia of Life in the Republic

Author: John J. Crocitti,Monique Vallance

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313346739

Category: Social Science

Page: 741

View: 9560

For students, business people, government officials, artists, and tourists—in short, anyone traveling to or wishing to know more about contemporary Brazil—this is an essential resource. • 250 A–Z entries on contemporary government, the economic and business sectors, social movements, environmental issues, culture, and more • Dozens of photographs of geographic features, landmarks, architecture, the urban landscape, industrial and agricultural enterprises, and personalities from politics, entertainment, and sports • Cross-listings and indexes to guide readers to related topics

The Amazon

Limnology and landscape ecology of a mighty tropical river and its basin

Author: H. Sioli

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9400965427

Category: Science

Page: 800

View: 3653

The Amazon -that name was given to the biggest river on earth and is often used for the whole area of its basin too. This geographical region is currently referred to as Amazonia, thus emphasizing the peculiar character of its aquatic and terrestrial reaches. The Amazon embodied the dream of many a naturalist to explore what for a long time was a terra incognita. In recent years, however, Amazonia has emerged as a main centre for 'development' by some of the countries in which it lies and by foreign industrialized nations. The development projects and enterprises have aroused woridwide interest and have given rise to discussions on their aims and their consequences to the Amazonian nature. Limnological and ecological investigations in Amazonia started only about 40 years ago. The editor had the good fortune to partake in them from the very beginning. He spent his decisive years in Amazonia, and dedicated his life's work to that research and to that country and the Amazonian people. Nearing the end of his scicntific activities, hc is gratcful to bc ablc to summarizc in this book most of the knowledge we possess at present of Amazonian limnology and landscape ecology.