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Amazonian RoutesIndigenous Mobility and Colonial Communities in Northern Brazil$
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Heather F. Roller

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804787086

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804787086.001.0001

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Forest Collecting Expeditionsand the Pursuit of Opportunities in the Sertão

Forest Collecting Expeditionsand the Pursuit of Opportunities in the Sertão

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2 Forest Collecting Expeditionsand the Pursuit of Opportunities in the Sertão
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Amazonian Routes
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Heather F. Roller

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804787086.003.0003

This chapter and the next examine ways in which native Amazonians fulfilled their service obligations to the state while seeking social and material resources in distant places. Chapter 2 focuses on the opportunities afforded by participation in the state-sponsored collecting expeditions, which annually departed each Directorate village for the sertão, the rivers and forests of the hinterlands. Most broadly, the chapter aims to provide a satisfactory explanation for the cases of apparently voluntary participation in the expeditions—cases that undermine the conventional view that only coercion could induce Indians to take part. Using evidence drawn from the crewmen’s own testimonies, collected upon the return of each expedition, the chapter shows how the collecting trips afforded room for independent action, fostered the expansion of social networks, and shaped the economic prospects of native Amazonians.

Keywords:   collecting expeditions, hinterlands, interior trade, labor, seasonal mobility, extractive economy, autonomy, social networks

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