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Amazonian Routes: Indigenous Mobility and Colonial Communities in Northern Brazil

Heather F. Roller


This book reconstructs the world of eighteenth-century Amazonia to argue that indigenous mobility did not undermine settlement or community. In doing so, it revises long-standing views of native Amazonians as perpetual wanderers, lacking attachment to place and likely to flee at the slightest provocation. Instead, native Amazonians used traditional as well as new, colonial forms of spatial mobility to build enduring communities under the constraints of Portuguese colonialism. Canoeing and trekking through the interior to collect forest products or to contact independent native groups, Indians ... More

Keywords: spatial mobility, migration, expeditions, colonial communities, Indians of South America, agency, autonomy, ethnohistory, Amazonia, Brazil

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780804787086
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804787086.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Heather F. Roller, author
Colgate University