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How Forests ThinkToward an Anthropology Beyond the Human$
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Eduardo Kohn

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520276109

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520276109.001.0001

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The Living Future (and the Imponderable Weight of the Dead)

The Living Future (and the Imponderable Weight of the Dead)

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(p.191) Six The Living Future (and the Imponderable Weight of the Dead)
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How Forests Think
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Eduardo Kohn

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520276109.003.0007

This chapter focuses on another enigmatic dream, that of a hunter who is not sure if he is the rapacious predator (who appears here as a white policeman) or the helpless prey of his oneiric prophecy. The interpretive dilemma that this dream poses, and the existential and psychic conflict that it thus lays bare, concerns how to continue as a self and what such continuity might mean in the ecology of selves in which the Runa live—an ecology that is firmly rooted in a forest realm that reaches well beyond the human but which also catches up in its tendrils the detritus of so many all-too-human pasts. The chapter, more broadly, is about survival. That is, it is about the relation of continuity and growth to absence.

Keywords:   hunter, predator, prey, self, ecology, Runa, survival

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