Comparative Arawakan Histories: Rethinking Language Family and Culture Area in Amazonia

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Jonathan David Hill, Fernando Santos-Granero
University of Illinois Press, 2002 - Foreign Language Study - 340 pages
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This penetrating study is the first to synthesize the writings of ethnologists, historians, and anthropologists concerned with contemporary Arawakan cultures in South America and the adjacent Caribbean basin.

Before they were largely decimated and dispersed by the effects of European colonization, Arawakspeaking peoples were the most widespread language family in Latin America and the Caribbean, and they were the first people Columbus encountered in the Americas. Comparative Arawakan Histories examines social structures, political hierarchies, rituals, religious movements, gender relations, and linguistic variations through historical perspectives to document sociocultural diversity across the diffused Arawakan diaspora.

  

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Contents

LANGUAGES CULTURES
19
Ethos Language and History in Native
25
Historical Linguistics and Its Contribution to Improving
74
Hierarchy Regionality
99
From the Campa Cluster
T-5
Social Dissimilation and Assimilation
T-47
On How the Paikwene Palikur
T-71
A New Model of the Northern Arawakan Expansion
199
Multiethnic
248
Prophetic Traditions among the Baniwa and Other Arawakan
269
References Cited
295
Contributors
327
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Jonathan Hill is a professor and former chair of anthropology at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

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