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Tales of the Yanomami

Tales of the Yanomami
Daily Life in the Venezuelan Forest

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Timothy Asch
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  • Date Published: May 1991
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521406727

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  • The Yanomami Indians, living in the depths of the Venezuelan forest, are one of the most interesting of the world's tribal peoples. Jacques Lizot lived among them for over fifteen years and has written an account which allows them to speak for themselves, in stories told by Yanomami individuals. The tales are revealing in the insights they provide into the Indians' daily experience; their shamanism, magic and sorcery; and conflict and alliance with other villages. The result is a richly evocative and intimate account - illustrated with revealing photographs of the Yanomami's own perceptions of their world - recreating in detail the atmosphere, speech, noises, smells and images of life in the Amazon forest.

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    '… an impressive (and equally disturbing) account of Yanomami life and myth … Lizot is a poet for the Yanomami.' Redmond O'Hanlon in In Trouble Again

    '… an outstanding work … deserves to be widely read, not just by anthropologists but by all who have an interest in understanding tribal societies.' Journal of Latin American Studies

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    • Date Published: May 1991
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521406727
    • length: 216 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.28kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Timothy Asch
    Preface to the English edition
    Prologue
    Part I. The Great Shelter From Day to Day:
    1. Ashes and tears
    2. Love stories
    3. Women's lives
    Part II. The Magical Powers:
    4. The path of the spirits
    5. Spells
    6. Eaters of souls
    Part III. War and Alliance:
    7. The hunt
    8. The pact
    Appendixes.

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    Jacques Lizot

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    Timothy Asch

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