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Kinship with Monkeys: The Guaja Foragers of Eastern Amazonia

By: Loretta A Cormier

288 pages, Illus

Columbia University Press

Paperback | Nov 2003 | #141951 | ISBN: 0231125259
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Anthropologist Cormier spent 15 months living among the Guaja, a foraging people in a remote area of Brazil. The result is this ethnographic study of the extraordinary relationship between the Guaja Indians and monkeys. While monkeys are an important food source for the Guaja, some are adopted and nurtured like human children.

This book is an enchanting introduction to the world of anthropology for students and enthusiasts alike. -- Carlotta Maggio & Elisabetta Visalberghi American Journal of Primatology very interesting reading...the principal beneficiaries of this book will be social and cultural anthropologists and ethnologists -- Eckhard W. Heymann Current Anthropology Cormier presents a readable and enjoyable account of the Guaja and how their lives are intertwined with the lives of various primate species. Journal of Anthropological Research 2004 The best example yet of an emerging field called ethnoprimatology... Cormier deserves high praise. -- W.C. McGrew Human Ecology 12/1/2005


Introduction1. A Brief History of the Guaja2. A Brief History of New World Monkeys3. Monkey Hunting4. Guaja Kinship5. Animism and the Forest Siblings6. Pet Monkeys7. Cosmology and Symbolic CannibalismConclusion. Ethnoprimatology in Amazonia and BeyondAppendix. Monkeys in the Guaja Habitat

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Loretta A. Cormier is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

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