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Vital Diplomacy

The Ritual on a Dammed River In Amazonia

Chloe Nahum-Claudel

328 pages, 24 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-406-1 $140.00/£100.00 Hb Not Yet Published (November 2017)

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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 occupt 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.

Chloe Nahum-Claudel is a Leverhulme Trust Early Careet Fellow in the LSE Department of Social Anthropology. She has previously held research fellowships at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, and at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales.

Series: Volume 5, Ethnography, Theory, Experiment
Subject: General Anthropology General Cultural Studies
Area: Latin America

BISAC: SOC002010 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Anthropology/Cultural; SOC062000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Indigenous Studies; SOC026020 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Sociology/Rural

BIC: JHMC Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography; JFSL9 Indigenous peoples




Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements

Introduction

Note on Language
Maps

Chapter 1. Mastery and Subjection at the Fishing Dams
Chapter 2. The Fishermen Return ‘like Yakairiti’
Chapter 3. Routine Ritualism and a Festival of Abundance
Chapter 4. Affinal Diplomacy in a United, Egalitarian Society
Chapter 5. Cosmic Diplomacy: Cooking, Curing and Crafting Human Life
Chapter 6. Yankwa’s Foreign Diplomacy and Saluma’s Defiance

Bibliography
Index

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