By Jonathan D. Hill, Fernando Santos-Granero
This penetrating research is the 1st to synthesize the writings of ethnologists, historians, and anthropologists enthusiastic about modern Arawakan cultures in South the US and the adjoining Caribbean basin. ahead of they have been mostly decimated and dispersed by way of the results of eu colonization, Arawak-speaking peoples have been the main frequent language relatives in Latin the US and the Caribbean, and so they have been the 1st humans Columbus encountered within the Americas. "Comparative Arawakan Histories" examines social buildings, political hierarchies, rituals, non secular pursuits, gender kinfolk, and linguistic diversifications via old views to rfile sociocultural range around the subtle Arawakan diaspora.
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Comparative Arawakan Histories: Rethinking Language Family and Culture Area in Amazonia by Jonathan D. Hill, Fernando Santos-Granero