By Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff
In Amazonian Cosmos, a different and interesting contribution to South American ethnography, Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff investigates the area view of an remoted Indian tribe, the Desana, of the Northwest Amazon. the writer labored with a unmarried informant over a chronic interval, and later checked his findings generally within the box. The acculturated local informant expressed his principles of guy and the Universe in phrases that transcend the slender limits of a really good ethnological paintings and that display an interrelated procedure of indicators and logos of a lot wider curiosity. by utilizing mythology and local languages as keys to an figuring out of social habit, the writer has reached a degree of inquiry and a intensity of conception infrequently accomplished in a research of primitive rain woodland Indians, these remnants of as soon as strong tribes that now are quickly disappearing.
Claude Lévi-Strauss writes of Amazonian Cosmos: “I have tested your ebook with passionate curiosity and i'm surprised on the riches of that universe that you disclose to us in it. South American ethnography isn't an identical back, for you may have introduced it right into a new period ... it's very unlikely to precise enough appreciation for the bright demonstration you've given us of hitherto unsuspected probabilities for research in depth.”
Amazonian Cosmos is the author’s personal translation of Desana, released in Spanish in 1969.
GERARDO REICHEL-DOLMATOFF is examine fellow on the Universidad de los Andes, and member of the Instituto Colombiano de Antropología in Bogotá. he's the writer of 8 books, together with “Colombia”: historical Peoples and areas and the folk of Aritama, and has additionally released quite a few articles on Colombian ethnology and archaeology.
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Amazonian Cosmos: The Sexual and Religious Symbolism of the Tukano Indians by Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff