Monday, October 17, 2016
4:00pm – 6:30pm
MacMillan Reading Room, John Carter Brown Library.
When does Amazonian history begin? Certainly not with Francisco Pizarro or other European “conquistadors” that began to traverse the vast interiors of South America in the early sixteenth century. Recent research by Amazonian archaeologists has demonstrated the existence of indigenous populations in the Amazon stretching back millennia, with sophisticated urban structures and dynamic relationships with their tropical surroundings. Anthropologists have demonstrated that Amerindian communities in Amazonia have their own temporal framework for recounting historical events, as well as intricate worldviews that differ radically from Western ontological notiobs. So what contributions can early modern Amazonian history – a period roughly from 1500-1800 – make to the indigenous history of this region? A discussion with some of the world’s leading experts on Amazonian anthropology, archaeology, and history will shed light on the early modern Amazon and its indigenous histories.
Co-sponsored by the John Carter Brown Library and the Brazil Initiative.