The Spears of Twilight

The Spears of Twilight

Life and Death With the Last Free Tribe of the Amazon

Book - 1996
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Baker & Taylor
An anthropologist describes his experiences living for three years with the Jivaro Indians in the isolated upper Amazon basin, discussing their daily life, mystical and ritualistic world, belligerant reputation, and social and cultural interaction.

Blackwell North Amer
The Spears of Twilight is the extraordinary story of three years among the legendary Jivaro Indians of South America by Philippe Descola, a student of Claude Levi-Strauss.
Isolated in the jungle of the Upper Amazon on the border of Ecuador and Peru, the Achuar are a tribe of Jivaros whose reputation for headhunting has kept them safe for centuries from incursions by whites. The Spears of Twilight is the story of Descola's years among them and a tribute to their resistance.
Chronicling his growing intellectual and emotional intimacy with the Achuar, Descola leads the reader through the joys and sorrows of their daily life: the drama of their remarkable belligerence, the poetry of their magical songs, and the excitement of their mystic encounters with the spirits of ancestors. The Spears of Twilight is also a fascinating narrative of Descola's gradual comprehension of the Achuar's consciousness; through the book a sophisticated and unusual cosmology emerges that deeply undermines our own understanding of time, religion, nature, and society.

& Taylor

An anthropologist describes his experiences living with the Jivaro Indians in the Amazon basin

Publisher: New York : New Press, 1996
ISBN: 9781565842281
Branch Call Number: 981.1004983 D455s 1996
Characteristics: 458 p.,[24] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Lances du crepuscule


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