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FRONT FLAP. $ Shabono. “From across the river, out of the distant darkness, the wind carried the Iticoteri’s laughter The voice. Shabono has ratings and 17 reviews. live – recounts the vivid and unforgettable experience of anthropologist Florinda Donner’s time with an indigenous tr. ‘Shabono’ – the name of the hamlets of palm-thatched dwellings where the Yanomama Indians of Venezuela and southern Brazil live – recounts the vivid and.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Sanvila rated it it was amazing Dec 10, Great tale, lovingly wrote, of the experiences of a female anthropologist’s encounter with a rain forest people.

She shoots fish with arrows, goes around naked, gets into body painting, and really gets into the culture, you know what I mean? The narrator created so many relationships that were so fascinating. Preview — Shabono by Florinda Donner. In prose that is enchanting, almost sensual, Florinda Donner combines the storytelling appeal of a novel with the very real facts of her stay in the shabono. Another critical review, by Dr. But she gave them her diamond and pearl before she came back to L.

No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system, without the written permission of the Publisher, except where permitted by law. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Eventually her former doctoral committee at UCLA published a letter in the Newsletter of the American Anthropological Associationin which they expressed their disbelief in Donner’s account, stating that she was present in Los Angeles during the period in which she supposedly lived among the Yanomami.


They welcomed her with such kindness and generosity. The real downer was she lost all her notes and photos. Lists with This Book. In addition to working on Castaneda’s books, she has written several books about indigenous healing, sorcery and lucid dreaming.

Mirella Ducasteele rated it it was ok Jan 04, Yet it happened; and Donner’s account is convincing in its detail and character descriptions, and above all in her ability to convey the emotional transformations that turned her from a note-taking anthropologist into a participant–painted from head to toe with bright red lines and circles, weeding the gardens with the other women, sleeping in a bark hammock.

Part Five Chapter I think that I got more out of reading her florid descriptions and thinking back to the more clinical stuff I’d read by Wade Davis, for instance to match up floeinda she was talking about with what was really going on. When Shabono was first published, this committee did express our concern privately to a prominent Yanomama scholar.


BACK FLAP continued from front flap Behind the hardness of life in the jungle is an exquisite magic, a world in which the Iticoteri are born, undergo florinfa rites of passage, marry, make war, and die. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive?

The Iticoteri believed that she had been sent to bring the old woman home, and that exceptional for women she possessed hekuras–spirits that shamans lure to their chests after taking hallucinogenic snuff. When you read this book, you will be instantly be emerged into this magical world that makes you rethink about your ideology on life.

Refresh and try again. But with endorsements by Carlos Castaneda on front and back covers, I think she wanted readers to believe that this all happened. And, as Donner convincingly gives the lie to the myth of primitive savages, the Iticoteri themselves are hard to resist.


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Even though Donner did not anywhere claim that her book was based on having actually lived among the Yanomami, she was roundly criticized for having used the ethnographic writing genre without her work in fact being based on anthropological methods.

Dec 13, Joseph Pfeffer rated it liked it. Florinda Donner’s artistry is to strike with words; to create fleeting images of supreme poignancy and then string them and connect them until they achieve a final result: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. No trivia or quizzes yet. The narrator we don’t even learn her name is so open-minded that you feel the same way when seeing the different customs of the tribe.

Cherie Conant moore rated it liked it Jun 10, Dec 22, Krista the Krazy Kataloguer rated it really liked it Shelves: Donner, an anthropologist, traveled into the deep jungle between Venezuela and Brazil to study the “curing,” or witchcraft practices, of certain Indian tribes. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

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This implies that the period wasor perhapswhich would mean that it was before her research visit to the coast. As day becomes night and night day, time loses all meaning, and her sojourn among the people she calls the Iticoteri extends to a year. Anton rated it liked it Dec 30, I love seeing how much faith the tribe members had in their beliefs of spirits. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide.