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Ethnicity and Culture Amidst New "Neighbors" The Runa of Ecuador's Amazon Region

ISBN-10: 020519821X
ISBN-13: 9780205198214
Edition: 1999
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Description: This book provides the reader with a story that has been many years in the making. It is the story of the Runa, a Quichua-speaking Indian population in Ecuador's Amazon region. It offers a window onto another culture, an illustration of the  More...

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Book details

List price: $51.60
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/1/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

This book provides the reader with a story that has been many years in the making. It is the story of the Runa, a Quichua-speaking Indian population in Ecuador's Amazon region. It offers a window onto another culture, an illustration of the relationship between ethnicity and culture, and a story of the mobilization of an indigenous group. And when the reader arrives at the book's end, he or she will understand why the story is not merely shelved and finished, but is rather an ongoing tale that will continue for years to come. The author has been following the Runa's adaptation to continuous changes around and amongst them since 1974. When he first met the Runa, they were practicing swidden horticulture, hunting, fishing, and living their created culture while also reacting to external pressures imposed on them by newly arrived colonists and changing national legislation. This book follows the Runa from a passive accommodating society to an active organized group. The Runa thus became one of the early standard bearers in what is now a hemispheric social movement -- indigenous ethnic federations. These organizations have changed Latin America by successfully thrusting indigenous identities and concerns into the middle of national political arenas that previously marginalized and stigmatized them. Anthropologists or anyone interested in other cultures.Part of the New Immigrant's Series.

Introduction
The Runa
Organizing Society: Land, Kin, and Ritual
Community Territory and Settlement Pattern
Kin Structure and Organization
Ritual among the Runa: The Marriage Ceremony
Understanding the Self and Social Order
Becoming a Runa
Relationship between Runa and Forest Spirits
Ordering Life through Dreams
The Runa and National Society
From Apu to Patron
The Rubber Boom
Eloy Alfaro and the ldquo;Liberal Revolution.rdquo; Runa and Patrons
Colonists, Land Reform, and Cattle: A Case Study
The Settlement of Arajuno
Agrarian Reform and Colonization
Cattle, Changing National Policies, Petroleum, and the Agrarian Reform Laws of 1974
Ethnic Federations: from Moral to Political Economy
Dream Symbolism: Where Are the White People? From Patrons to Colonists
Ethnic Federations in the Ecuadorian Oriente
Agrarian Reform and Colonization
Ethnic Federations and Government Policies
Rethinking Stereotypes
FOIN and Natural Forest Management
1980-1984: The Jaime Roldos/Oswaldo Hurtado Administration
1984-1988: President Leon Febres Cordero: ldquo;Closed Doors.rdquo; Political Opposition, Community-Based Projects, and Increased Auto Linderacion
Indigenous Politics and Conservation
Community Lands
Forest Management
The ldquo;Era of the Projects:rdquo; Napo Runa and Resource Management
1988-1992: The Rodrigo Borja Era
The Politics of Territories
Towards Parity
ldquo;Indiordquo; as Ethnic Marker
Ethnic ldquo;Nationalism.rdquo; Collective Action and Social Movements
Change and Culture
ldquo;Boys Don't Need the Sacha Purina Pistu Any Longer
We Lead a New Life Now.rdquo; Runa Understanding: Public and Private
Runa in the Forest
Runa World View Reconsidered
The ldquo;Modernrdquo; Wedding
Summary

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