By Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff
In Amazonian Cosmos, a special and engaging contribution to South American ethnography, Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff investigates the realm view of an remoted Indian tribe, the Desana, of the Northwest Amazon. the writer labored with a unmarried informant over a chronic interval, and later checked his findings greatly within the box. The acculturated local informant expressed his rules of guy and the Universe in phrases that transcend the slim limits of a really good ethnological paintings and that show an interrelated procedure of indicators and emblems of a lot wider curiosity. through the use of mythology and local languages as keys to an realizing of social habit, the writer has reached a degree of inquiry and a intensity of conception not often accomplished in a examine of primitive rain woodland Indians, these remnants of as soon as strong tribes that now are swiftly disappearing.
Claude Lévi-Strauss writes of Amazonian Cosmos: “I have tested your ebook with passionate curiosity and i'm surprised on the riches of that universe that you disclose to us in it. South American ethnography is absolutely not an analogous back, for you could have introduced it right into a new period ... it's very unlikely to specific sufficient appreciation for the intense demonstration you have got given us of hitherto unsuspected probabilities for research in depth.”
Amazonian Cosmos is the author’s personal translation of Desana, released in Spanish in 1969.
GERARDO REICHEL-DOLMATOFF is study fellow on the Universidad de los Andes, and member of the Instituto Colombiano de Antropología in Bogotá. he's the writer of 8 books, together with “Colombia”: historic Peoples and locations and the folk of Aritama, and has additionally released quite a few articles on Colombian ethnology and archaeology.