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Author Muratorio, Blanca.

Title The life and times of Grandfather Alonso, culture and history in the upper Amazon / Blanca Muratorio.

Published New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, [1991]


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 UniM Bail  305.8983 MURA    AVAILABLE
Uniform title Rucuyaya Alonso y la historia social y económica del Alto Napo, 1850-1950. English
Physical description xii, 295 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Series Hegemony and experience.
Hegemony and experience.
Notes Translation of: Rucuyaya Alonso y la historia social y económica del Alto Napo, 1850-1950.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-281) and index.
Summary Blanca Muratorio introduces us to Rucuyaya Alonso, a Quichua elder from the Upper Ecuadorian Amazon. Grandfather Alonso's story spans a century, as his narrative incoporates oral tradition learned from both his father and grandfather. The book alternates between chapters of Alonso's life history, and chapters analyzing the history of the world around him--the domination of the missionaries and the state, the white settlers' expropriation of land, the debt-peonage system during the rubber boom, the world-wide crisis of the 1930s, and the booms and busts of the iternational oil market.Muratorio explains the larger social, economic, and ideological bases of white domination over native peoples in Amazonia. Her analysis of Quichua culture shows how through everyday practices of accommodation and resistance, and through expressions of humor, irony, and anger, the Quichua Indians were able to protect their cultural identity, their ethnic dignity, and their symbolic systems against the hegemonic forces of a white-dominated world.
Subject Andi, Alonso.
Indians of South America -- Ecuador -- Napo (Province) -- Social conditions.
Quechua Indians -- Biography.
Quechua Indians -- Social conditions.
Indians of South America -- Ecuador -- Napo (Province) -- Economic conditions.
Quechua Indians -- Economic conditions.
ISBN 0813516846 (cloth)
0813516854 (paperback)