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Neste romance, Darcy Ribeiro mostra a etnologia indígena e o leitor conhecerá, por meio da personagem central, como vivem e se organizam os índios.
Paperback, 353 pages
Published March 12th 1984 by Vintage
(first published 1981)
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Ribeiro, Darcy. MAIRA. (1978; U.S. – 1984). ***. I have to admit that I couldn’t make it all the way through this book to the end. What ultimately destroyed me was the plethora of Indian names that I couldn’t keep straight in my head. What I read of it (about half) was well-written, but I should have kept a list of all the characters as they appeared. These were Brazilian Indians and their names, not like American Indian names we are familiar with like Tonto or Black Hawk, so I quit. The author ...more
I’ll call this an “anthropological novel.” The author was an anthropologist who studied and lived with the indigenous Amerindians of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest. It was written in the 1970’s, so despite Brazil’s efforts at preserving their lifestyle, the semi-isolation the Amerindians once lived in is now of a bygone era. At the time this book was written the Indian areas were being invaded by traders, government officials and Protestant and Catholic missionaries.
The story begins with an Indian ...more
Darcy Ribeiro (Montes Claros, Minas Gerais, Brazil, October 26, 1922 – Brasilia, DF, Brazil, February 17, 1997) was a Brazilian anthropologist, author and politician. Darcy Ribeiro's ideas of Latin American identity have influenced several later scholars of Latin American studies. As Minister of Education of Brazil he caried out profound reforms which led him to be invited to participate in univer ...moreMore about Darcy Ribeiro...