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

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An anthropologist describes his experiences living with the Jivaro Indians in the Amazon basin

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A trained ethnographer, you go tramping through the rain forest jungle in search of an isolated tribe. They welcome you, and you find that they live with an idealistic individualism and freedom only dreamed of by the staunchest Libertarian or Anarchist. They live in harmony with nature among the animated spirits of plants, streams, and prey. They also murder their friends, fear their neighbors, and cheat on their spouses. Philippe Descola transcribes the complex story of this people thoughtful, piquant prose reminiscent of the best in French literature.

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Philippe Descola is presently a professor of anthropology at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris.

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