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    Places: LATIN AMERICA:

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Patagonia, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela




The lost tribes of Tierra del Fuego : Selk'nam, Yamana, Kawésqar / Martin Gusinde.

301.29 GUSINDE 2015

A German missionary sent to Tierra del Fuego in 1919 by his congregation, Martin Gusinde was a major Americanist and ethnographer from the first half of the twentieth century. While his mission was ostensibly to convert the native peoples among whom he lived, Gusinde did just the opposite, eventually becoming one of the first Westerners ever to be initiated into the various sacred rites of the inhabitants of Tierra del Fuego. In the course of four sojourns made between 1919 and 1924, from the canals of Western Patagonia to the great island of Tierra del Fuego, he learned and wrote about the Kawésqar, Yamana, and Selk’nam peoples. Gradually, the missionary became an anthropologist.

Uttermost part of the earth : a history of Tierra del Fuego and the Fuegians / E. Lucas Bridges

301.2983 BRIDGES 2007

Presents the author's birth and youth among the coastal Yaghans in Tierra del Fuego and his adult initiation into the Ona tribe, with descriptions of the extinct Fuegian Indian culture. 

The last cowboys at the end of the world : the story of the Gauchos of Patagonia / Nick. Reding

983.6 REDING 2001

Gaucho conjures up an image as iconic as the word cowboy. But according to historians and anthropologists, their semi-nomadic culture disappeared at the end of the nineteenth century, and no one has seen the gauchos since. Until now. Twenty-five years ago, the government of Chile began building a road into Chilean Patagonia, one of the least-populated regions in the world. In 1995, when Nick Reding traveled down that still-unfinished road into an unmapped river valley, he found himself in a closed chapter of history: a last, undetected, and unexplored outpost of gauchos so isolated that many of them, some of whom are boys as young as thirteen, still live completely alone with their herds, hours on horseback from the nearest neighbors. In 1998, Nick returned to the valley to witness what happens when time catches up to a people whom history has forgotten. 



Nomads of the long bow: the Siriono of eastern Bolivia / Allan R. Holmberg

301.2984 HOLMBER 196

Setting and people. II. History. III. Technology. IV. Exploitative activities. V. Food and drink. VI. Routine activities of life. VII. Folk beliefs and science. VIII. Social and political organization. IX. Sex and the life cycle. X. Religion and magic. XI. Some problems and conclusions. 



Amazon journey : an anthropologist's year among Brazil's Mekranoti Indians / Dennis Werner.

301.2981 WERNER 1984

1. Origins. 2. A First Glimpse. 3. Settling In. 4. Jaguars and Scorpions. 5. Deaths. 6. On Trek to the Sabuji. 7. Summer Doldrums. 8. After Peccaries and Fish. 9. In the Gardens. 10. The Women Sing. 11. Honey Bees and Monkey Business. 12. Gathering Tortoises. 13. Back in the Village. 14. On Trek Again. 15. In the Men's House. 16. Going Home. 

Yanomamèo : the last days of Eden / Napoleon A. Chagnon

301.2987 CHAGNON 1992

1. Chronicle of a Naba's Adventures in Yanomamoland. 2. The world around the Yanomamo. 3. Myth and cosmos. 4. Daily life, the family, and society. 5. The art, politics, and etiquette of entertaining guests. 6. Yanomamo Taba Waiteri: Yanomamo are fierce. 7. Acculturation and the future. 





Makuna : portrait of an Amazonian people / Kaj. Århem

301.2981 ARHEM 1998

The beauty of the Amazon rain forest is evident by just flipping through Diego Samper's spectacular photographs of the flora and fauna (including humans) that inhabit this lush, mysterious land. Arhem spent much time with the Makuna people, a peaceful, craft-driven tribe whose male members weave baskets while the women bake; in fact, many of the Makuna rituals are based on the proliferation of the tribe and fertility. At one point the author goes on a peccary hunt with one of the Makuna and comes face-to-face with a wounded animal; he also participates in tribal ceremonies, all of which are portrayed in colorful, fascinating photos. There is even a "Generation X" problem, as the tradition-bound elders bemoan the embrace of modern weaponry by the young, and there is also the problem of interloping white outsiders who are in the Amazon Basin looking for gold. Arhem's vivid travelogue is a celebration not just of the beauty of the rain forest but also of the proud people who live and work there every day. 



Chronicle of the Guayaki Indians / Pierre Clastres

301.2989 CLASTRE 1998

Birth -- Two peace treaties -- Looking backward -- Grown-ups -- Women, honey, and war -- Killing -- Life and death of a homosexual -- Cannibals --  "Chronicle of the Guayaki Indians is Pierre Clastres's account of his 1963-64 encounter with this small Paraguayan tribe, a precise and detailed recording of the history, ritual, myths, and culture of this remarkably unique, and now vanished, people. "Determined not to let the slightest detail" escape him or to leave unanswered the many questions prompted by his personal experiences. Clastres follows the Guayakis in their everyday lives."-



he flocks of the Wamani : a study of llama herders on the punas of Ayacucho, Peru Kent V. Flannery

301.298 FLANNER 1989

In this volume, the authors present an original ethnographic study of five llama-herding communities in Ayacucho, Peru. Data on herd dynamics are subjected to computer modeling in an effort to evaluate the roles of biology, symbolic and ritual behavior, ecological adaptation, and practical reason. The book contains the most detailed study of the waytakuy llama-marking ceremony yet available. The role of this ceremony in preventing herds from becoming extinct is evaluated against anthropological and sociobiological theory. This is an interdisciplinary book which will appeal to professional archaeologists, prehistorians, cultural anthropologists, Andeanists, theoretical biologists, evolutionary biologists, and zoologists interested in animal domestication.



Shabono: a visit to a remote and magical world in the South American rainforest / Florinda Donner-Grau

301.2987 DONNER 1992

'Shabono', the name of the hamlets of palm-thatched dwellings where the Yanomama Indians of Venezuela and southern Brazil live, recounts the vivid and unforgettable experience of anthropologist Florinda Donner's time with an indigenous tribe in the endangered rain forest. Shabono dramatically documents the daily life and mysterious rituals of a disappearing people. 

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