Comparative Arawakan Histories by Jonathan D. Hill
Rethinking Language Family and Culture Area in Amazonia

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Before they were largely decimated and dispersed by the effects of European colonization, Arawak-speaking peoples were the most widespread language family in Latin America and the Caribbean, and they were the first people Columbus encountered in the Americas. Comparative Arawakan Histories, in paperback for the first time, examines social structures, political hierarchies, rituals, religious movements, gender relations, and linguistic variations through historical perspectives to document sociocultural diversity across the diffused Arawakan diaspora.

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Jonathan D. Hill is a professor and former chair of anthropology at Southern Illinois University- Carbondale. Fernando Santos-Granero is a staff scientist for the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama and author of Vital Enemies: Slavery, Predation, and the Amerindian Political Economy of Life and The Power of Love: The Moral Use of Knowledge amongst the Amuesha of Central Peru.
Published August 9, 2002 by University of Illinois Press. 341 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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