Wagley, Charles, 1913-. Welcome of tears: the Tapirapé Indians of central Brazil

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Title: Welcome of tears: the Tapirapé Indians of central Brazil

Published By: New York: Oxford University Press, 1977. xx, 328 p.: ill., maps

By line: Charles Wagley ; [maps and diagrs. drawn by David Lindroth]

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2010. Computer File

Culture: Tapirapé (SP22)

Subjects: Practical preparations in conducting fieldwork (122); Acculturation and culture contact (177); Public welfare (657); Missions (797); Gift giving (431); Moieties (616); Status, role, and prestige (554); Shamans and psychotherapists (756); Puberty and initiation (881); Age stratification (561); Organized ceremonial (796); Informants (115); Life history materials (159);

Abstract: This document integrates Wagley's earlier studies on Tapirapé ethnography made in 1939-1940, with updated information obtained from brief visits to these people in 1953, 1957, and 1965. The author discusses early contacts of the Tapirapé with Europeans, subsistence and ecology, social organization, material culture, religion (especially shamanism), and brief biographical sketches of four of his native informants and friends. The work concludes with a discussion of the degree to which the Tapirapé have been integrated into the mainstream European (Brazillian) society, and the outlook for these as well as other Brazilian Indians groups in the future (post 1965 era).

Document Number: 16

Document ID: sp22-016

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Field Date: 1939-1940, 1953, 1957, 1965

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: John Beierle; 2007

Coverage Date: 1900-1974

Coverage Place: Tapirapé river area, far northeastern Mato Grosso state, Brazil

LCSH: Tapirapé Indians


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