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Title: The North-West Amazons
Subtitle: Notes of Some Months Spent Among Cannibal Tribes
Written By: Thomas Whiffen
Description:

This 1915 volume recounts Captain Thomas Whiffen's travels in Brazil and
Colombia in the region between the rivers Issa (or Içá) and Apaporis, and
the Putumayo District. The study looks at the way in which the indigenous
peoples, especially the Boro and Witoto, relate to their land. He describes
their way of life, including their homes, agriculture, food, weaponry,
warfare, clothing, health and medicine, songs and dances, magic and
religion, tribal organisation, the social status of women, and their
reaction to strangers. The practice of cannibalism is also addressed and
Whiffen suggests some possible reasons for it, including vengeance and
supreme insult to enemies, the need to consume all available meat, and the
desire to adopt some characteristics of the dead. Appendices include
detailed lists of the Native Americans’ physical features, deities,
vocabulary, and names, and an example of tribal poetry.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics

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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781108007337
Prices: U.K. £ 21.99
U.S. $ 32.99