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Amazonian Synthesis: An Integration of Disciplines, Paradigms, and Methodologies

International Symposium #109

June 2 - 10, 1989
Hotel Rosa dos Ventos, Teresopolis, Brazil


PUBLICATION:    Amazonian Indians from Prehistory to the Present:  Anthropological Perspectives (Anna Roosevelt, Ed.) University of Arizona Press, 1994


bookcoverNelly Arvelo-Jimenez (Instituto Venezalona de Investigaciones Cientificas, Venezuela)
William Balee (Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi, Brazil)
Stephen J. Beckerman (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
Michael F. Brown (Williams College, USA)
Philippe Descola (Collège de France, France)
Darna L. Dufour (University of Colorado, USA)
Nancy M. Flowers (Hunter College, New York, USA)
Warren Hern (University of Colorado, USA)
Jonathan Hill (Southern Illinois University, USA)
Jean E. Jackson (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
Pita Kelekna (Fordham University, USA)       
Harriet E. Manelis Klein (Montclair State College, USA)
Emilio F. Moran (Indiana University, USA)
Thomas P. Myers (University of Nebraska State Museum, USA)
Adelia Engracia de Oliveira (Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi, Brazil)
Anna C. Roosevelt, organizer (American Museum of Natural History, USA)
Darrell Posey (Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi, Brazil)
Gustavo Lins Ribeiro (Universidade de Brasília, Brazil)
Sydel Silverman (Wenner-Gren Foundation, USA)
Neil L. Whitehead (University of Wisconsin, USA)
Irmhild Wüst (Universidade Federal de Goias, Brazil)


This symposium brought together social anthropologists, archeologists, ethnohistorians, linguists, and biological anthropologists whose work is in various ways reevaluating the anthropology of Amazonia. The aim was to move towards a new theoretical synthesis for understanding the nature and history of Amazonian peoples and cultures. The focus of the conference was the changing relationships among human organization, ideology, economy, and ecology during the ca. 12,000 years of indigenous occupation in the region. Taking into account historical process, regional breadth, and the knowledge bases of different disciplines, the symposium sought to construct new interpretations and to develop new multi-field strategies for further research.