Hailed once as `giants of the Amazon', Panara people emerged onto a world stage in the early 1970s. What followed is a remarkable story of socio-demographic collapse, loss of territory, and subsequent recovery. Reduced to just 79 survivors in 1976, Panara people have gone on to recover and reclaim a part of their original lands in an extraordinary process of cultural and social revival.
Space and Society in Central Brazil is a unique ethnographic account, in which analytical approaches to social organisation are brought into dialogue with Panara social categories and values as told in their own terms. Exploring concepts such as space, material goods, and ideas about enemies, this book examines how social categories transform in time and reveals the ways in which Panara people themselves produce their identities in constant dialogue with the forms of alterity that surround them.
Clearly and accessibly written, this book will appeal to students, scholars and anyone interested in the complex lives and histories of indigenous Amazonian societies.
Elizabeth Ewart is university lecturer in social anthropology at the University of Oxford, UK.
Introduction Part One: Villages and Objects The View from the House The View from the Centre Soti - the Value of Things Part Two: Others and Selves Hipe - Enemies and Others Hipe Within - Witches and Witchcraft The Making of People Peanuts Conclusion Bibliography Index