Behold the Black Caiman: A Chronicle of Ayoreo Life by Lucas Bessire

By Lucas Bessire

In 2004, one of many world’s final bands of voluntarily remoted nomads left in the back of their ancestral existence within the dwindling thorn forests of northern Paraguay, fleeing ranchers’ bulldozers.  Behold the Black Caiman is Lucas Bessire’s intimate chronicle of the adventure of this small workforce of Ayoreo humans, the terrifying new international they now face, and the precarious lives they're piecing jointly opposed to the backdrop of soul-collecting missionaries, humanitarian NGOs, overdue liberal financial regulations, and the top deforestation price within the world. 

Drawing on ten years of fieldwork, Bessire highlights the stark disconnect among the determined stipulations of Ayoreo lifestyles for these out of the woodland and the well-funded international efforts to maintain these Ayoreo nonetheless residing in it. through exhibiting how this disconnect reverberates inside of Ayoreo our bodies and minds, his reflexive account takes target on the devastating results of our society’s persisted obsession with the primitive and increases very important questions on anthropology’s powerful capability to extra or hamper indigenous struggles for sovereignty. the result's a well timed replace to the vintage literary ethnographies of South the USA, a sustained critique of the so-called ontological turn—one of anthropology’s most well-liked trends—and, especially, an pressing demand students and activists alike to reconsider their notions of difference. 

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