Nukak: Ethnoarchaeology of an Amazonian People (Paperback)
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Nukak: Ethnoarchaeology of an Amazonian People (Paperback)

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Paperback 412 Pages / Published: 15/05/2009
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From Gustavo Politis, one of the most renowned South American archaeologists, comes the first in-depth study in English of the last "undiscovered" people of the Amazon. His work is groundbreaking and urgent, both because of encroaching guerrilla violence that makes Nukak existence perilously fragile, and because his work with the Nukak represented one of the last opportunities to conduct research with hunter-gatherers using contemporary methodological and the theoretical tools. Through a rich and comprehensive ethno-archaeological portrait of material culture "in the making," this work makes methodological and conceptual advances in the interpretation of hunter-gather societies. Politis's conclusions, based on six years of original research and on comparative analysis, are integrative and contribute to the identification of the multiple factors involved in the formation of hunter-gatherer archaeological assemblages.

Publisher: Left Coast Press Inc
ISBN: 9781598742305
Number of pages: 412
Weight: 548 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm


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Politis has written a book that shows that the Nukak choose to emphasize foraging for symbolic and sociocultural reasons and that horticulture and foraging are not pure types The Nukak are the way they are because they prefer to live as such. Just as there are different ways of making a living in Amazonia, so too there are different ways to define and practice the good life, the imagined pragmatics of what it means to be fully human....Politis s rich ethnography provides good data for the Nukak, who are an extremely interesting and creative group of people. Overall, I recommend this book for specialists, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates. -Michael A. Uzendoski, Current Anthropology

This volume forms an informative and stimulating book for a broadaudience with interests in archaeology, anthropology, history, materialculture, indigenous peoples, Colombia, and the Amazon in general....Politis shows to a great extent that the incorporation, as Ingold and Lucas (2007) argue, of archaeology, anthropology, architecture, and arts...is plausible and indeed contributes to a remarkable detailed account and deeper understanding of life. -Anthropology Review Database"

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