The Mataco of the Gran Chaco: an ethnographic account of change and continuity in Mataco socio-economic organization
Uppsala, Sweden ; Stockholm, Sweden: Academiae Upsaliensis ; Distributed by Almqvist & Wiskell International, 1988. XVI, 314 p.: ill.
by Jan-Åke Alvarsson
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
HRAF, 1997. Computer File
Food quest (220);
Division of labor by gender (462);
Community structure (621);
This dissertation gives a detailed, diachronic description of the social, political, legal and economic organization of the Mataco - hunters and gatherers of the tropical dry forest of the Bolivian Gran Chaco. The account starts with a critical review of the main ethnographic sources on the Chaco peoples and, after sections on the enviornment and the local history, it presents an attempt to reconstruct the socio-economic organization of the Mataco before the colonization of the area, i.e. before the turn of the century. In addition, on the basis of Alvarsson's field notes from five years among the Mataco, new ethnographic data is included. The data demonstrate that, in spite of evident social change, and in contrast to other Indian peoples of the region, the Mataco have refused to be incorporated into the national society.
Document ID: si07-009
Revision of the author's dissertation.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 302-310) and index
John Beierle ; 1995
Gran Chaco region, Bolivia, Argentina