A transdisciplinary collaboration between ethnologists, linguists, and archaeologists, Ethnicity in historical Amazonia lines the emergence, growth, and decline of cultural identities in indigenous Amazonia.

Hornborg and Hill argue that the tendency to hyperlink language, tradition, and biology--essentialist notions of ethnic identities--is a Eurocentric bias that has characterised principally misguided reasons of the distribution of ethnic teams and languages in Amazonia. The proof, besides the fact that, indicates a way more fluid dating between geography, language use, ethnic id, and genetics. In Ethnicity in old Amazonia, best linguists, ethnographers, ethnohistorians, and archaeologists interpret their learn from a different nonessentialist point of view to shape a extra exact photo of the ethnolinguistic range during this area.

Revealing how ethnic identification building is consistently in flux, participants convey how such methods should be traced via diverse ethnic markers resembling pottery types and languages. students and scholars learning lowland South the USA should be particularly , as will anthropologists intrigued by means of its state of the art, interdisciplinary method.

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The specific and characteristic cultural repertoires associated with groups of people who identify with an Arawak ethnolinguistic identity have demonstrated a remarkable coherence and persistence over time (Hill and Santos-Granero 2002; Heckenberger, this volume). 1). As Barth observed, the ecological and societal aspects of such an ethnic niche are mutually reinforcing. Having specialized in the occupation and exploitation of a riverine socioecological niche, people identifying with the cultural traditions of Arawak-speaking societies were well positioned to control the emergent long-distance trade networks that began to integrate much of Amazonia during the first millennium BC.

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