Fernando Santos-Granero

Fernando Santos-Granero is a senior staff scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and a specialist on the Yanesha of Peruvian Amazonia. His books include Vital Enemies: Slavery, Predation, and the Amerindian Political Economy of Life.
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The Occult Life of Things

Native Amazonian Theories of Materiality and Personhood

The University of Arizona Press

Combining linguistic, ethnological, and historical perspectives, the contributors to this volume draw on a wealth of information gathered from ten Amerindian peoples belonging to seven different linguistic families to identify the basic tenets of what might be called a native Amazonian theory of materiality and personhood.

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Images of Public Wealth or the Anatomy of Well-Being in Indigenous Amazonia

The University of Arizona Press

Reflecting a global interest in the topics of well-being, happiness, and the good life, this book explores local notions of public wealth in indigenous Amazonia. The contributors place particular importance in how indigenous views of wealth are linked to the creation of strong, productive, and moral individuals and collectivities, providing thought-provoking new approaches to understanding wealth in non-capitalist, kin-based societies.

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