Entangled Edens Visions of the Amazon

ISBN-10: 0520226429
ISBN-13: 9780520226425
Edition: 2002
Authors: Candace Slater
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 2/15/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 332
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Candace Slater takes us on a journey into the Amazon that will forever change our ideas about one of the most written-about, filmed, and fought-over areas in the world. In this book she deftly traces a rich and marvelous legacy of stories and images of the Amazon that reflects the influence of widely different groups of people--conquistadors, corporate executives, subsistence farmers --over the centuries. A careful, passionate consideration of one of the most powerful environmental icons of our time,Entangled Edensmakes clear that we cannot defend the Amazon's dazzling array of plants and animals without comprehending its equally astonishing human and cultural diversity. Early explorers describe encounters with fearsome warrior women and tell of golden cities complete with twenty-four-carat kings. Contemporary miners talk about a living, breathing gold. TV documentaries decry deforestation and mercury poisoning. How do these disparate visions of the Amazon relate to one another? As she fits the pieces of the puzzle together, Slater shows how today's widespread portrayal of the region as a fragile rain forest on the brink of annihilation is every bit as likely as earlier depictions to obscure important aspects of this immense and complicated region. In this book, Slater draws on her fifteen years of experience collecting stories and oral histories among many different groups of people in the Amazon. ThroughoutEntangled Edens,the voices of contemporary Amazonians mingle with the analyses of such writers as Claude Leacute;vi-Strauss, Theodore Roosevelt, and nineteenth-century naturalist Henry Walter Bates. Slater convinces us that these stories and ideas, together with an understanding of their origins and ongoing impact, are as critical as scientific analyses in the fight to preserve the rain forest.

The Meeting of the Waters
A Tale of Two Cities
El Dorado and the Golden Legacy
The Encante as a World in Motion
Amazon Women
Warrior Women, Virgin Forests, and Green Hells
Gold as a Woman
The Amazon as Water, the Amazon as Woods
Roots of the Rain Forest
Lakes within Lakes
Beyond Eden
Chronology of Key Dates
Glossary of Selected Terms
Notes
References
Acknowledgments
Index

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