Cover for UZENDOSKI: The Napo Runa of Amazonian Ecuador. Click for larger image
Ebook Information

The Napo Runa of Amazonian Ecuador

An indigenous Amazonian group's enlightening perspectives on value, reproduction, and exchange

Based upon historical and archival research, as well as the author's years of fieldwork in indigenous communities, Michael Uzendoski's theoretically informed work analyzes value from the perspective of the Napo Runa people of the Amazonian Ecuador.

Written in a clear and readable style, The Napo Runa of Amazonian Ecuador presents theoretical issues of value, poetics, and kinship as linked to the author's intersubjective experiences in Napo Runa culture. Drawing on insights from the theory of gift and value, Uzendoski argues that Napo Runa culture personifies value by transforming things into people through a process of subordinating them to human relationships. While many traditional exchange models treat the production of things as inconsequential, the Napo Runa understand production to involve a relationship with natural beings (plants, animals, spirits of the forest), which are considered to be subjects that share spiritual substance, or samai. Throughout the book, value is revealed as the outcome of a complicated poetics of transformation by which things and persons are woven into kinship forms that define daily social and ritual life.


"Uzendoski's book is an engaging and accessible introduction to contemporary Amazonian life-ways and would be quite suitable as an undergraduate text."--Eduardo Kohn, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute


Michael A. Uzendoski is a professor in the Department of Anthropology, History, and Humanities at the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), Ecuador, and the author of The Ecology of the Spoken Word: Amazonian Storytelling and Shamanism among the Napo Runa.

To order online:
http://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/42pgw2re9780252030079.html

To order by phone:
(800) 621-2736 (USA/Canada)
(773) 702-7000 (International)

Related Titles

previous book next book
The Ecology of the Spoken Word

Amazonian Storytelling and Shamanism among the Napo Runa

Michael A. Uzendoski and Edith Felicia Calapucha-Tapuy

From Myth to Creation

Art from Amazonian Ecuador

Dorothea S. Whitten and Norman E. Whitten Jr.

Embodied Protests

Emotions and Women's Health in Bolivia

Maria Tapias

Storytelling in Siberia

The Olonkho Epic in a Changing World

Robin P. Harris

Building Filipino Hawai‘i

Roderick N. Labrador

Ethnomusicology

Edited by J. Lawrence Witzleben

Somalis Abroad

Clan and Everyday Life in Finland

Stephanie R. Bjork

Journal for the Anthropological Study of Human Movement

Edited by Drid Williams and Brenda Farnell

The Street Is My Pulpit

Hip Hop and Christianity in Kenya

Mwenda Ntarangwi

 
The Napo Runa of Amazonian Ecuador ebook is available for immediate download from the following vendors:
Amazon.com
Barnes & Noble
Kobo
Google Play