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War of ShadowsThe Struggle for Utopia in the Peruvian Amazon$
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Michael Brown and Eduardo Fernandez

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780520074354

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520074354.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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War of Shadows
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Michael F. Brown

Eduardo Fernandez

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520074354.003.0003

This book tries to bring out of the shadows the Indians who played an important part in the revolt of 1965, to let their voices reshape the history of a violent confrontation. The native people who figured most prominently in these events call themselves Asháninka, though they are better known in Peru and abroad as “Campa.” Asháninkas actively respond to the thoughts and acts of the outsiders who have hurled themselves into their midst, with good intentions and bad, since the sixteenth century. Chapters in this book that summarize the early history of the Asháninka draw on Spanish chronicles and the work of scholars who have mined them for information. A common motif in Asháninka contact history is the explosive temperament of Asháninka men. For an Amazonian people, the Asháninka spiritual universe is remarkably dualistic, almost Manichaean.

Keywords:   Asháninka, Indians, revolt, violent confrontation, Spanish chronicles, Campa

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