The “People from Downstream”

Bartholomew Dean

in Urarina Society, Cosmology, and History in Peruvian Amazonia

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033785
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038384 | DOI:
The “People from Downstream”

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This chapter discusses an introduction to the Chambira Basin, which is the ancestral “homelands” of the Urarina, the so-called people from downstream. It presents geographical and ecological contextualizations, which are followed by a summary of the major contours of Urarina social organization and a characterization of the daily rounds of communal life. It also addresses the formation of regional and ethnic identities by attending to the importance of the ribereño cultural identities.

Keywords: Chambira Basin; Urarina; social organization; communal life; ethnic identities; cultural identities; ecological contextualizations

Chapter.  8975 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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