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 greatly within the box. The acculturated local informant expressed his principles of guy and the Universe in phrases that transcend the slim limits of a really expert ethnological paintings and that show an interrelated approach of symptoms and logos of a lot wider curiosity. through the use of mythology and local languages as keys to an knowing of social habit, the writer has reached a degree of inquiry and a intensity of notion infrequently completed in a examine of primitive rain wooded area Indians, these remnants of as soon as robust 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 divulge to us in it. South American ethnography isn't an identical back, for you've gotten introduced it right into a new period ... it really is most unlikely to precise enough appreciation for the bright demonstration you may have 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 study 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”: historic 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