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New book by Santos-Granero

August 30, 2010

New book by Santos-Granero

Native peoples of the Amazon view objects, especially human artifacts, as the first cosmic creations and the building blocks from which the natural world has been shaped

“Native peoples of the Amazon view objects, especially human artifacts, as the first cosmic creations and the building blocks from which the natural world has been shaped. In these constructional cosmologies, spears became the stings of wasps, hammocks became spiderwebs, stools became the buttocks of human beings.”

Recently, STRI staff scientist Fernando Santos-Granero edited and contributed chapters to The occult life of things: Native Amazonian theories of materiality and personhood, a wealth of information on Amazonian conceptions on the subjective life of objects and the social and historical life of things. “In this book, ten scholars re-introduce objects to contemporary studies of animism in order to explore how various peoples envision the lives of material objects: the occult, or extraordinary, lives of “things,” whose personas are normally not visible to lay people.”

According to Donald Pollock, at the State University of New York in Buffalo, “The essays in this collection are significant contributions, and as a whole the volume is an extremely important one for native Amazonian studies.”

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