White Angel

Michael F. Brown and Eduardo Fernandez

in War of Shadows

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 1991 | ISBN: 9780520074354
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520911352 | DOI:
White Angel

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As the Túpac Amaru dropped into the jungles of Satipo Province, spectral foreigners appeared on the Amazonian stage. Most press accounts and local hearsay about mysterious foreigners concentrated on the role that gringos, especially Americans, allegedly played in the conflict. The Indians of Peru's tropical forests see Europeans through the lens of their own cultural experience. Asháninkas have perhaps the most elaborate ideas about gringos of any Amazonian tribe. The symbolic burden of the gringo is not all negative for Asháninkas. David Pent's whereabouts immediately after deportation remain a mystery. Even as Pent contributed to the enslavement of Asháninkas, he seems to have been angered by the abuses heaped on them by the hacienda lords of the Río Tambo. If Pent himself remains silent, the conflicting stories about him speak eloquently of the collective representations of his time.

Keywords: David Pent; Asháninkas; Túpac Amaru; Peru; gringos; Americans; Amazonian tribe

Chapter.  7688 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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