Indigenous Amazonian societies have long been famous for lacking heirlooms. Objects do not tend to be passed down through the generations, but rather are often destroyed at death. Rather than indicating the unimportance of objects, their disposal in fact indicates their extraordinary power to unite subjects across the vast spaces and times of the cosmos. This talk explores this power of objects for one Amazonian people, the Kawaiwete, as well as draws on comparative cases from elsewhere in Amazonia.
Suzanne Oakdale is Associate Professor of Ethnology and Convener at the Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico
The lecture is part of the International Anthro Day celebration by the American Anthropological Association and supports the Brazil exhibition at the Maxwell.