Christopher Ball

Christopher Smeall Summer Scholar


Exchanging Words: Language, Ritual, and Relationality in Brazil’s Xingu Indigenous Park

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While at SAR, Dr. Ball will be finalizing his book manuscript, Powerful Others: The Linguistic Politics of Intercultural Exchange in Amazonia. This will be the final stage of a long-term project that offers valuable contributions to the study of indigenous Amazonian sociocultural transformations through the lens of language. The book project is an ethnographic investigation of how Wauja people of Central Brazil use linguistic, ritual, and exchange practices in the production of social relations with powerful “others” at home and abroad. The book is based on over twelve months of research in the Wauja community and with Wauja people in multiple sites of encounter.

Affiliation at time of award:
McKennan Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Anthropology, Dartmouth College and Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Economics and Political Science, MacEwan University, Edmonton

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