Kinship with Monkeys: The Guajá Foragers of Eastern Amazonia

Kobo ebook | June 1, 2010

byLoretta A. Cormier

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How can monkeys be both eaten as food and nurtured as children? Her research reveals that monkeys play a vital role in Guaja society, ecology, economy, and religion. In Guajá animistic beliefs, all forms of plant and animal life -- especially monkeys -- have souls and are woven into a comprehensive kinship system.

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How can monkeys be both eaten as food and nurtured as children? Her research reveals that monkeys play a vital role in Guaja society, ecology, economy, and religion. In Guajá animistic beliefs, all forms of plant and animal life -- especially monkeys -- have souls and are woven into a comprehensive kinship system.

Loretta A. Cormier is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:June 1, 2010Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231516320

ISBN - 13:9780231516327

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. A Brief History of the Guaja
2. A Brief History of New World Monkeys
3. Monkey Hunting
4. Guaja Kinship
5. Animism and the Forest Siblings
6. Pet Monkeys
7. Cosmology and Symbolic Cannibalism
Conclusion. Ethnoprimatology in Amazonia and Beyond
Appendix. Monkeys in the Guaja Habitat

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The best example yet of an emerging field called ethnoprimatology... Cormier deserves high praise.