The Pacaa Nova: Clash of Cultures on the Brazilian Frontier

By Bernard von Graeve

© 1991

The Pacaa Nova were originally a tribe of hunters, gatherers and simple horticulturalists in the upper Amazon. As the frontier of Brazilian 'civilization' has expanded, their extraordinary culture has been trampled on and transformed. Of particular importance in this case has been the intrusion of the rubber industry into the Amazon headwaters; important as well have been the influences of the Catholic Church and the government. It is a tragic story, but an entirely fascinating one, and von Graeve presents it in enormously readable fashion, with first-hand descriptions that bring the people to life for the student.

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  • Series: Teaching Culture: UTP Ethnographies for the Classroom
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.4in x 9.0in
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The Pacaa Nova tells a tragic story, but an entirely fascinating one, with first-hand descriptions that bring the people to life for the student.

The Pacaa Nova: Clash of Cultures on the Brazilian Frontier

By Bernard von Graeve

© 1991

The Pacaa Nova were originally a tribe of hunters, gatherers and simple horticulturalists in the upper Amazon. As the frontier of Brazilian 'civilization' has expanded, their extraordinary culture has been trampled on and transformed. Of particular importance in this case has been the intrusion of the rubber industry into the Amazon headwaters; important as well have been the influences of the Catholic Church and the government. It is a tragic story, but an entirely fascinating one, and von Graeve presents it in enormously readable fashion, with first-hand descriptions that bring the people to life for the student.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Teaching Culture: UTP Ethnographies for the Classroom
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.4in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    The best case study I have seen on the relationship between an indigenous group and the nation state.


    Douglas D. Anderson, Brown University

    The preservation of the peoples and cultures of the Amazon is as important as the saving of the rain forest; this book helps explain why...[it is] an invaluable contribution to the world in which we live.


    Clive Kileff, University of Tennessee

    One of the best books available on Indian/'white' relations in Brazil...engagingly written for students.


    Paul Aspelin, Cleveland State University

    The focus on acculturation is good; this book fills an important need.


    Edward M. Schortman, Kenyon College
  • Author Information

    In 1969 and 1970, Bernard von Graeve spent time living in the rain forest near the border between Bolivia and Brazil. The anthropological field work he conducted at the missions allowed him to observe the Pacaa Nova, an Indian group that had established contact with outsiders only a few years before.
  • Table of contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The Land
    3. Historical Background
    4. The Pacaa Nova
    5. Culture
    6. Post-Pacification Changes
    7. Sagrana: The Mission
    8. Conclusion
    9. Epilogue

    Appendix I:  Births and Deaths 1969
    Appendix II: Demographics
    Appendix III: Population Growth

    Bibliography

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