A Walk to the River in Amazonia: Ordinary Reality for the Mehinaku Indians

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Our lives are mostly composed of ordinary reality ― the flow of moment-to-moment existence ― and yet it has been largely overlooked as a subject in itself for anthropological study. In this work, the author achieves an understanding of this part of reality for the Mehinaku Indians, an Amazonian people, in two stages: first by observing various aspects of their experience and second by relating how these different facets come to play in a stream of ordinary consciousness, a walk to the river. In this way, abstract schemata such as ‘cosmology,’ ‘sociality,’ ‘gender,’ and the ‘everyday’ are understood as they are actually lived. This book contributes to the ethnography of the Amazon, specifically the Upper Xingu, with an approach that crosses disciplinary boundaries between anthropology, philosophy, and psychology. In doing so it attempts to comprehend what Malinowski called the ‘imponderabilia of actual life.’

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Our lives are mostly composed of ordinary reality—the flow of moment-to-moment existence—and yet it has been largely overlooked as a subject in itself for anthropological study. In this work, the author achieves an understanding of interstitial reality for the Mehinaku Indians, an Amazonian people, in two stages: first by observing various aspects of their experience and second by relating how these different parts come to play in the stream of their ordinary consciousness. In this way, abstract schemata such as "cosmology," "sociality," "gender," and the "everyday" are understood as they are actually lived. This book contributes to the general ethnography of the Amazon, specifically the Upper Xingu. Its approach crosses disciplinary boundaries between anthropology, philosophy, and psychology, and in doing so attempts an understanding of what Malinowski called the "imponderabilia of actual life."

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Carla Stang received her undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney and was awarded the Frank Bell Memorial Prize for Anthropology for her studies there. In 2005, she earned her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. Since then she held the position of Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, and is now an Associate Researcher at the University of Sydney. Thus far most of her ethnographic fieldwork has been in the Upper Xingu region of the Brazilian Amazon.

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