Paletó and Me

Memories of My Indigenous Father
Stanford University Press
  • 1. Auflage
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  • erschienen am 21. September 2021
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  • 232 Seiten
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Winner of the prestigious Casa de las Américas Prize, this work spins a heartfelt story of an improbable relationship between an anthropologist and her charismatic Indigenous father.

When Aparecida Vilaça first traveled down the remote Negro River in Amazonia, she expected to come back with notebooks and tapes full of observations about the Indigenous Wari' people-but not with a new father. In Paletó and Me, Vilaça shares her life with her adoptive Wari' family, and the profound personal transformations involved in becoming kin.

Paletó-unfailingly charming, always prepared with a joke-shines with life in Vilaça's account of their unusual father-daughter relationship. Paletó was many things: he was a survivor, who lived through the arrival of violent invaders and diseases. He was a leader, who taught through laughter and care, spoke softly, yet was always ready to jump into the unknown. He could shift seamlessly between the roles of the observer and the observed, and in his visits to Rio de Janeiro, deconstructs urban social conventions with ease and wit.

Begun the day after Paletó's death at the age of 85, Paletó and Me is a celebration of life, weaving together the author's own memories of learning the lifeways of Indigenous Amazonia with her father's testimony to Wari' persistence in the face of colonization. Speaking from the heart as both anthropologist and daughter, Vilaça offers an intimate look at Indigenous lives in Brazil over nearly a century.

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978-1-5036-2934-9 (9781503629349)
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Aparecida Vilaça is Professor of Social Anthropology at the National Museum, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. She is the author of Strange Enemies: Indigenous Agency and Scenes of Encounters in Amazonia and Praying and Preying: Christianity in Indigenous Amazonia. She has come and gone among the Wari' since 1986.
Contents and Abstracts1Death without Cannibalism chapter abstract

2The Encounter chapter abstract

3The Peccary Brother chapter abstract

4The Houses chapter abstract

5Escaping Death for the First Time chapter abstract

6The First White and Other Wars chapter abstract

7The Stone Axe, the Dream of Paris, and the Bachelor House chapter abstract

8The Jaguar Mother-in-Law chapter abstract

9The Wives chapter abstract

10Escaping Death for the Second Time: The Massacre chapter abstract

11The Bewitched Bride and Poison in the Houses chapter abstract

12Meeting the Whites chapter abstract

13Sexy chapter abstract

14Talking with the Bishop and the Misunderstandings of Contact chapter abstract

15The Epidemics chapter abstract

16Guajará-Mirim, Brazil chapter abstract

17Meeting the Missionaries chapter abstract

18In the Land of the Priests chapter abstract

19Becoming a Believer chapter abstract

20One Coach Station, Two Airports, and a Titanium Leg chapter abstract

21When the Water Meets the Clouds and the Fish-Men chapter abstract

22The Animals Who Are People, the Big Rock, and the Bones of the Dead chapter abstract

23The Slippery People and the Big Television chapter abstract

24Making Kin chapter abstract

25The Farewell chapter abstract

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