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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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Conclusion Mobile and Rooted

Conclusion Mobile and Rooted

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Amazonian Routes

Heather F. Roller

Stanford University Press

The conclusion revolves around the various stories that have been (and still are) told about mobility in the Amazon. From early colonial narratives to nineteenth-century travel literature to contemporary stereotypes, these stories have reinforced the view that native Amazonians and their descendants lacked a connection to the land, and they have been used to justify outside intervention in the establishment of settlements. This book has offered an alternative story, of native Amazonians whose lives were mobile and rooted at the same time, and whose communities endured into the nineteenth century and beyond. It is a story that is relevant to Amazonian peasant communities today, as they attempt to claim land and resources that are threatened by powerful outsiders.

Keywords:   mobility, Indians of South America, colonialism, travel literature, neocolonialism, peasants, riverine communities

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