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 largely 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 show an interrelated process 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 belief not often accomplished in a learn of primitive rain wooded area Indians, these remnants of as soon as strong tribes that now are swiftly 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 is absolutely not a similar back, for you could have introduced it right into a new period ... it really is most unlikely to precise sufficient appreciation for the intense demonstration you have got 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 learn 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 locations and the folk of Aritama, and has additionally released various 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