Sanumá memories : Yanomami ethnography in times of crisis / Alcida Rita Ramos.Material type: TextLanguage: English Original language: Portuguese Series: New directions in anthropological writingPublisher: Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, c1995Description: xx, 346 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cmISBN: 0299146545 (pbk.); 0299146502Uniform titles: Memórias sanumá. English Subject(s): Yanomamo Indians | Yanomamo Indians -- Social conditionsDDC classification: 305.898 LOC classification: F2520.1.Y3 | R3413 1995Online resources: Contributor biographical information | Publisher description
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 332-339) and index.
1. Sanuma Spaces --
2. Time as Space Organizer --
3. Diachrony and Leadership --
4. The Marriage-Go-Round --
5. Sanuma Times --
6. Names under Erasure --
7. For Name-Sakes --
8. To Hunt a Name --
9. A Rumor on Stage --
10. The Sanuma's Others --
11. The Age of Gold and Misery.
The Yanomami people of Brazil first attracted anthropological and popular attention in the 1960s, when they were portrayed as essentially primitive and violent in the widely read book Yanomamo: The Fierce People. To this image of the Yanomami another has recently been added: that of victims of the economic rapacity devouring the Amazon. Sanumá Memories moves beyond these images to provide the first anthropologically sophisticated account of the Yanomami and their social organization, kinship, and marriage, capturing both individual experiences and the broader sociological trends that engulf them. A poignant personal story as well, it draws on Alcida Ramos’s extensive fieldwork among the Sanumá (the northernmost Yanomami subgroup) from 1968 to 1992, as she reports on the brutal impact of many invasions—from road construction to the gold rush that brought the Yanomami social chaos, thousands of deaths, devastation of gardens and forest, and a disquietingly uncertain future. At the cutting edge of anthropological description and analysis, Sanumá Memories ponders the importance of “otherness” to the Sanumá; describes Sanumá spaces, from the grandiosity of the rain forest to cozy family compartments; analyzes their notions of time, from the minute reckoning of routine village life to historical and metaphysical macro-time; shows how power and authority are generated and allocated in space and time; and examines the secrecy of personal names and the all-pervading consequences of disclosing them.