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The Wanano Indians of the Brazilian Amazon: A Sense of Space
  

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By Chernela, Janet M.

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The Wanano Indians of the northwest Amazon have a social system that differs from those of most tropical forest tribes. Neither stratified by wealth nor strictly egalitarian, Wanano society is 'ranked' according to rigidly bound descent groups. In this ethnographic study, the aut... read full description below.

ISBN 9780292711860
Barcode 9780292711860
Published 1 January 1996 by Inbooks
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ISBN-13 9780292711860
ISBN-10 0292711867
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Inbooks
Imprint University of Texas Press
Publication Date 1 January 1996
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Chernela, Janet M.
Category Indigenous Peoples
Anthropology
Biological Anthropology
Number of Pages 207
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 12mm
Weight 624g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Brazil, Social conditions
NBS Text Sociology & Anthropology: Professional
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 305.8980811
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

The Wanano Indians of the northwest Amazon have a social system that differs from those of most tropical forest tribes. Neither stratified by wealth nor strictly egalitarian, Wanano society is ranked according to rigidly bound descent groups. In this pioneering ethnographic study, Janet M. Chernela decodes the structure of Wanano society. In Wanano culture, children can be grandparents, while elders can be grandchildren. This apparent contradiction springs from the fact that descent from ranked ancestors, rather than age or accumulated wealth, determines one's standing in Wanano society. Indeed, status in Wanano society is related to access to natural resources, and those with greater access are expected to share with members of lesser-ranking clans. Thus, wealth is distributed relatively evenly throughout the society. As the deforestation of the Amazon continues, the Wanano and other indigenous peoples face growing threats of habitat destruction and eventual extinction. If these peoples are to be saved, they must first be known and valued. The Wanano Indians of the Brazilian Amazon is an important step in that direction. It will also be valuable for comparison with societies in Africa, Southeast Asia, Oceania, and the Middle East.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Chernela's portrayal of authority and rank in Wanano society gives a new slant on the organization of these societies and changes the picture of leadership in the Amazon Basin.

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Author's Bio

Janet M. Chernela is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Maryland.

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