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Makuna : portrait of an Amazonian people

Author: Kaj Århem; Diego Samper
Publisher: Washington : Smithsonian Institution Press, ©1998.
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The Makuna of eastern Colombia inhabit an Amazonian rain forest teeming with plant and animal life that provides them not only with a livelihood but also with cultural inspiration that infuses their daily life and frequent ritual performances. In full-color photographs and an evocative text, Diego Samper and Kaj Arhem celebrate the natural surroundings, domestic life, and vibrant rituals of a rain-forest people  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Århem, Kaj.
Makuna.
Washington : Smithsonian Institution Press, ©1998
(OCoLC)988744805
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kaj Århem; Diego Samper
ISBN: 1560988746 9781560988748
OCLC Number: 38595412
Description: xi, 172 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Contents: 1. Coming home : The mind's eye --
2. The Makuna world : Peoples of the Vaupés ; The Makuna ; The resilience of tradition --
3. The land : Rivers of hunger, rivers of plenty ; Enchanted forest ; Lessons of a shaman --
4. The long house : The daily round ; Riches of the house ; Sacred space --
5. Making a living : Children of the plant mother ; Natural affines ; Forest fruit ; Food shamanism ; The Makuna way --
6. The dance of the spirits : Spirits of the dead, source of life --
7. The threat : Cerro Rojo: a gold mining town ; Eyes of the spirits ; Amazonian apocalypse.
Responsibility: Kaj Århem ; photographs by Diego Samper.

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The Makuna of eastern Colombia inhabit an Amazonian rain forest teeming with plant and animal life that provides them not only with a livelihood but also with cultural inspiration that infuses their daily life and frequent ritual performances. In full-color photographs and an evocative text, Diego Samper and Kaj Arhem celebrate the natural surroundings, domestic life, and vibrant rituals of a rain-forest people whose cultural future is being jeopardized by outsiders' destruction of their lands.

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