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Huaorani of the Western Snippet

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Prologue

    1. Aleksandra Wierucka
      Pages 1-9
  3. The Western Snippet

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Aleksandra Wierucka
      Pages 13-31
    3. Aleksandra Wierucka
      Pages 33-48
  4. The Snippet’s Culture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-50
    2. Aleksandra Wierucka
      Pages 51-62
    3. Aleksandra Wierucka
      Pages 63-68
    4. Aleksandra Wierucka
      Pages 69-111
    5. Aleksandra Wierucka
      Pages 113-118
    6. Aleksandra Wierucka
      Pages 119-127
    7. Aleksandra Wierucka
      Pages 129-135
  5. Miñe—A Man of the Snippet

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-141
    2. Aleksandra Wierucka
      Pages 143-149
    3. Aleksandra Wierucka
      Pages 151-161
    4. Aleksandra Wierucka
      Pages 163-166
    5. Aleksandra Wierucka
      Pages 167-172
    6. Aleksandra Wierucka
      Pages 173-175
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 177-195

About this book


Huaorani of the Western Snippet documents changes that the Huaorani culture of eastern Ecuador underwent over a period of fifty years. Part I focuses on the geographical, historical, sociological and economical background of the Ecuadorian Amazon as well as the problems that indigenous groups of this region face. Part II describes different aspects of Huaorani culture, and its consecutive subsections present research completed by anthropologists in different decades of twentieth century, and the data is reviewed and supplemented with data gathered during my research (2007-2013). Part III explores the life of a Huao man, Miñe, who serves as a local shaman. His different social roles are discussed in consecutive subsections in order to understand what shaped him as a person of the Huaorani group.


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About the authors

Aleksandra Wierucka is Assistant Professor at the Department of Cultural Studies at the University of Gda?sk, Poland.

Bibliographic information


"Wierucka contributes to a better understanding of the Huaorani. Wierucka highlights biographical accounts, showing how individuals and groups have responded in different ways to various impacts. Accounts of continuity and change benefit from the unique interdisciplinary approach to ethnology and cultural studies that has emerged in Poland. The study is well framed by a literature survey, and many readers will welcome the overviews of national and regional history." - Jim Weil, Science Museum of Minnesota

"The author was able to gain a deep rapport with the Huaorani people, especially with the Huaorani shaman. Deeper knowledge about the shaman's personality, his social status, as well as the group's attitude towards him are described in a detailed biography. Prior to this study, only incidental information about the lives of Amazonian shamans was available this book fills the gap in our knowledge." - Franciszek M. Rosi?ski, Professor Emeritus, University of Wroclaw, Poland and Professor Emeritus, Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski , Poland