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Throughout their history, the Makuna have withstood the social and environmental stresses inflicted upon them by European arrival, the Amazonian rubber boom at the turn of the century, and a black-market demand for coca leaves during the 1970s and 1980s. Most recently, gold mining is threatening to destroy their hills and forests and to weaken their traditions. Countering this menacing scenario, Makuna evokes the vitality of a culture in which the natural, spiritual, and human worlds are fundamentally united. In stunning, full-color photographs and an evocative text, Diego Samper and Kaj Arhem celebrate the natural surroundings, domestic life, and vibrant rituals of a rainforest people whose cultural future is being jeopardized by outsiders' destruction of their more

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 229.6 x 278.9 x 16.3mm | 929.88g
  • Smithsonian Books
  • Washington, United States
  • English
  • 9 b&w and 95 colour photographs
  • 1588340929
  • 9781588340924

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"In this volume [Arhem] displays the insight that developed over long periods of co-residence with the Makuna. ... Samper's often spectacular photos of the Makuna and their environment also span nearly two decades of work."show more

About Kaj Arhem

Kaj Arhem is a professor of social anthropology at the University of Goteborg, Sweden and the author of four other books, including Makuna Social Organization. Diego Samper is a prominent Colombian photographer who has visited and worked with the Makuna since more

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