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The Last Cannibals: A South American Oral History

by Ellen B. Basso

An especially comprehensive study of Brazilian Amazonian Indian history, The Last Cannibals is the first attempt to understand, through indigenous discourse, the emergence of Upper Xingú society. Drawing on...


Tangweera: Life and Adventures Among Gentle Savages

by C. Napier Bell & Philip A. Dennis

In the 1980s, conflicts between the Miskito people of Nicaragua's eastern coast and the Sandinistas drew international attention. Indeed, the Miskitos' struggle to defend their cultural autonomy and land rights...


Ritual Humor in Highland Chiapas

by Victoria Reifler Bricker

Zinacantan, Chamula, and Chenalhó are neighboring Mayan communities situated in highland Chiapas, Mexico, near the city of San Cristóbal Las Casas. The inhabitants of the three communities speak dialects of...


Indians Into Mexicans: History and Identity in a Mexican Town

by David Frye

The people of Mexquitic, a town in the state of San Luis Potosí in rural northeastern Mexico, have redefined their sense of identity from "Indian" to "Mexican" over the last two centuries. In this ethnographic...


The Life of Our Language: Kaqchikel Maya Maintenance, Shift, and Revitalization

by Susan Garzon, R. McKenna Brown & Julia Becker Richards

The native Maya peoples of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and Belize have been remarkably successful in maintaining their cultural identity during centuries of contact with and domination by outside groups. Yet...


The Mixe of Oaxaca: Religion, Ritual, and Healing

by Frank J. Lipp & Munro S. Edmonson

The Mixe of Oaxaca was the first extensive ethnography of the Mixe, with a special focus on Mixe religious beliefs and rituals and the curing practices associated with them. It records the procedures, design-plan,...


Tambo: Life in an Andean Village

by Julia Meyerson

Perhaps the best way to sharpen one's power's of observation is to be a stranger in a strange land. Julia Meyerson was one such stranger during a year in the village of 'Tambo, Peru, where her husband was conducting...


Gender and Modernity in Andean Bolivia

by Marcia Stephenson

In Andean Bolivia, racial and cultural differences are most visibly marked on women, who often still wear native dress and speak an indigenous language rather than Spanish. In this study of modernity in Bolivia,...


Metaphysical Community: The Interplay of the Senses and the Intellect

by Greg Urban

Starting with the post-structuralist idea that truth systems are lodged in discourse, and that discourse varies from society to society, Greg Urban seeks to discover the nature and extent of that variation....


Germans and Texans: Commerce, Migration, and Culture in the Days of the Lone Star Republic

by Walter Struve

During the brief history of the Republic of Texas (1836-1845), over 10,000 Germans emigrated to Texas. Perhaps best remembered today are the farmers who settled the Texas Hill Country, yet many of the German...


Cosmos, Self, and History in Baniwa Religion: For Those Unborn

by Robin M. Wright

The Baniwa Indians of the Northwest Amazon have engaged in millenarian movements since at least the middle of the nineteenth century. The defining characteristic of these movements is usually a prophecy of the...


Carnival and Other Christian Festivals: Folk Theology and Folk Performance

by Max Harris

With a riotous mix of saints and devils, street theater and dancing, and music and fireworks, Christian festivals are some of the most lively and colorful spectacles that occur in Spain and its former European...


Under the Rainbow: Nature and Supernature Among the Panare Indians

by Jean-Paul Dumont

This ethnographic study of the Panare Indians of Venezuela is the first extensive look at a tribe of this region of the Amazonia. It is an important book not only because it delves into the myth-filled Panare...


Fields of the Tzotzil: The Ecological Bases of Tradition in Highland Chiapas

by George A. Collier

Fields of the Tzotzil is the first study of social processes in contemporary highland Maya communities to encompass a regional view of the highlands of Chiapas as a system. In viewing tradition, not as a survival...


The Black-Man of Zinacantan: A Central American Legend

by Sarah C. Blaffer

The subject of this work is anomalies-those things that are between one state and another, neither dead nor alive, neither animal nor human. In this instance, they are the "spooks" (espantos) that inhabit the...


The Central Asian Arabs of Afghanistan: Pastoral Nomadism in Transition

by Thomas J. Barfield

The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 focused international attention on this country for the first time in nearly a century. The need for reliable information has only become been greater. Because of their...


Ancient Panama: Chiefs in Search of Power

by Mary W. Helms

Ancient Panama adds depth to our understanding of the political and religious elite ruling in Panama at the time of the European conquest. Mary W. Helms's research greatly expands knowledge of the distribution,...


Quiche Rebelde: Religious Conversion, Politics, and Ethnic Identity in Guatemala

by Ricardo Falla, Philip Berryman & Richard N. Adams

Since the arrival of the Spanish in the sixteenth century, the Maya population of Guatemala has been forced to adapt to extraordinary challenges. Under colonial rule, the Indians had to adapt enough to satisfy...


Prophets of Agroforestry: Guarani Communities and Commercial Gathering

by Richard K. Reed

For almost four centuries, the indigenous Chiripá (Guaraní) people of eastern Paraguay have maintained themselves as a distinct society and culture, despite continual and often intense relations with Paraguayan...


The Indian Christ, the Indian King: The Historical Substrate of Maya Myth and Ritual

by Victoria Reifler Bricker

Victoria Bricker shows that "history" sometimes rests on mythological foundations and that "myth" can contain valid historical information. Her book, which is a highly original critique of postconquest historiography...