Radical Territories in the Brazilian Amazon: The Kayapo's Fight for Just Livelihoods - Native Peoples of the Americas (Hardback)
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Radical Territories in the Brazilian Amazon: The Kayapo's Fight for Just Livelihoods - Native Peoples of the Americas (Hardback)

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Hardback 208 Pages / Published: 30/11/2016
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Indigenous groups are facing unprecedented global challenges in this time of unparalleled environmental and geopolitical change, a time that has intensified human rights concerns and called for political and economic restructuring. Within this landscape of struggle, the Kayapo, an indigenous nation in the central Brazilian Amazon, emerge as leaders in the fight.

Radical Territories in the Brazilian Amazon sheds light on the creative and groundbreaking efforts Kayapo peoples deploy to protect their lands and livelihoods. Now at the front lines of cultivating diversified strategies for resitance, the Kayapo are creating a powerful activist base, experimenting with non-timber forest projects, and forging strong community-conservation partnerships. Tracing the complex politics of the Kayapo's homeland, Laura Zanotti advances approaches to understanding how indigenous peoples cultivate self-determination strategies in conflict-ridden landscapes.

Kayapo peoples are providing a countervision of what Amazonia can look like in the twenty-first century-neither dominated by agro-industrial interests nor by protected, uninhabited landscapes. Instead, Kayapo peoples see their homeland as a living landscape where indigenous vision engages with broader claims for conservation and development in the region.

Weaving together anthropological and ethnographic research with personal interactions with the Kayapo, Zanotti tells the story of activism and justice in the Brazilian Amazon, and how Kayapo communities are using diverse pathways to make a sustainable future for their peoples and lands. The author interweaves Kayapo perspectives with a political ecology framework to show how working with indigenous peoples is vital to addressing national and global challenges in the present time, when many environmentally significant conditions and processes are profoundly altered by human activities.

Publisher: University of Arizona Press
ISBN: 9780816533541
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Zanotti provides a detailed and moving account of Kayap courage and will in the face of what might seem overwhelming odds. She intersperses her experiences and impressions with historical chronicles and relevant theories. Valuable to aid workers, development agents, and anyone interested in South American Indigenous peoples."--Choice

"Zanotti makes an important contribution to the literature of human-centered conservation through her examination of the means by which one extraordinary group of people has successful retained their cultural identity, protected their ancestral lands, and confronted the outside world on their own terms."--Conservation Biology

"A very important contribution to the political ecology literature and indigenous Amazonian populations."--Jos E. Mart nez-Reyes, author of Moral Ecology of a Forest: The Nature Industry and Maya Post-Conservation

"Zanotti effortlessly weaves theoretical contributions into rich ethnographic description, carrying the reader into the center of the village ceremony, the forest nut grove, the sweet potato field, and the network of paths surrounding the scientific research station."--Juliet Erazo, author of Construyendo la Autonom a: Organizaciones Ind genas, Gobierno y Uso de la Tierra en la Regi n Amaz nica del Ecuador, 1964-2001

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