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Victims and Warriors: Violence, History, and Memory in Amazonia

Casey High


In 1956, a group of Waorani men killed five North American missionaries in Ecuador. The event cemented the Waorani's reputation as “wild Amazonian Indians” in the eyes of the outside world. It also added to the myth of the violent Amazon created by colonial writers and still found in academia and the state development agendas across the region. This book examines contemporary violence in the context of political and economic processes that transcend local events. The book explores how popular imagery of Amazonian violence has become part of Waorani social memory in oral histories, folklore per ... More

Keywords: victimhood, Waorani, Ecuador, Amazonia, violence, activism, sociality, masculinity, memory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780252039058
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039058.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Casey High, author
University of Edinburgh