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In the Shadow of the Tiger : The Amerindians of Suriname (Paperback)

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There may have been as many as twenty distinct Amerindian groups, speaking different languages, on Surinamese soil before the final settlement of the Europeans there in the 1650s, from which time on Amerindian life would change forever. While Suriname, for historical reasons, counts as a Caribbean country, the Amerindian peoples have a distinctly Amazonian culture, one in which the human and the spirit world are intricately connected. Transformations of form from spirit to human or to animal abound, different levels of realities co-exist. Mediation between these worlds is the task of the shaman.

This book not only offers a panoramic view of the rainforest of Suriname, giving the reader a glimpse of the Amerindian world of Suriname, but also factual up-to-date information on the eight remaining Amerindian communities of Suriname, some six of which are small and little-known ethnic groups living deep in the interior of the country.


Publisher Koninklijk Instituut Voor de Tropen
Mfg Part# 9789460220265
SKU 211313041
Format Paperback
ISBN10 9460220266
Release Date 4/8/2013
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