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The Spears of Twilight: Life and Death in the Amazon Jungle

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The Spears of Twilight is the extraordinary story of three years among the legendary Jivaro Indians of South America by Philippe Descola, a student of Claude Levi-Strauss. Isolated in the jungle of the Upper Amazon on the border of Ecuador and Peru, the Achuar are a tribe of Jivaros whose reputation for headhunting has kept them safe for centuries from incursions by whites ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by New Press, The (first published January 7th 1993)
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Descola cast his memoirs of youthful fieldwork (he and Anne Christine Taylor lived with the Ecuadorian jivaro from 1976 to 1978, and the book was published in 1993) in a novelistic form (he uses present tense and first person, begins each chapter with a dramatic episode, and manages to wedge the ethnographic information into a systematic form while retaining a chronological narrative.) The writing, organization, and informational content are wonderful. It sometimes became confusing because so m ...more
Beautiful writing. Very Lévi-Straussian style.
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