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Mitayo, Myth, and Meaning

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813033785.003.0009
Mitayo, Myth, and Meaning

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This chapter discusses the exchange of Urarina bushmeats or feral game that is commonly called mitayo in Peruvian Amazonia. It is noted that throughout the neotropics, indigenous societies have long exchanged vegetable produce, forest game, and feathers for other forms of wealth. By exploring the circulation of Urarina forest game within the context of peonage, this chapter also highlights the conflictual tension between unfree relations of production and the exchange of labor power, goods, and knowledge.

Keywords: Urarina bushmeats; exchange; mitayo; Peruvian Amazonia; peonage; neotropics; production

Chapter.  10602 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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