Lecture 13. Clan-based Societies: Shuar, Yanaomami, Tairona

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Jordan Kauffman

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The American Continuum

This lecture expands on the often­forgotten existing cultures of the Amazon basin, including the Shuar in Ecuador, the Yanomami in Brazil, and the Tairona in Colombia. It looks at their culture and their architecture such as the Shuar Huts, the unique shabono of the Yanomami, and the network village of Teyuna in Colombia. The sophisticated networks and tectonic structures of these villages has been dismissed because of its fragile status in comparison to the stone structures of Inkas and Aztecs. The lecture ends with discussions about the issues facing these first society cultures today as they encounter modernity.

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