Ritual Transformations: Healing, Development, and Culture Show in an Amazonian Society

Christopher Ball, McKennan Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Anthropology, Dartmouth College, and Christopher Smeall Fellow, SAR

Colloquium, SAR Boardroom

Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free

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This presentation addresses two abiding themes in cultural anthropology—the power of ritual to transform states of affairs in the social world, and changes in the meanings and functions of specific rituals under the effects of a globalized politics of identity. Dr. Ball will present ethnographic and textual analysis of the practices and ideologies of Wauja people from the Brazilian Amazon as they engage in healing rites, development projects, and cultural show abroad. He questions how each is a type of ritual that is potentially transformative of powerful social relations and traces how they may also be understood as moments in the transformation of Wauja ritual and Wauja identity.

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