Children of the Rainforest: Shaping the Future in Amazonia (Rutgers Series in Childhood Studies) (Hardcover)

Children of the Rainforest: Shaping the Future in Amazonia (Rutgers Series in Childhood Studies) By Camilla Morelli, Roldán Dunú Tumi Dësi (Foreword by), Roldán Dunú Tumi Dësi (Afterword by) Cover Image

Children of the Rainforest: Shaping the Future in Amazonia (Rutgers Series in Childhood Studies) (Hardcover)


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Children of the Rainforest explores the lives of children growing up in a time of radical change in Amazonia. The book draws on ethnographic fieldwork conducted with the Matses, a group of hunter-gatherer forest dwellers who have lived in voluntary isolation until fairly recently. Having worked with them for over a decade, returning every year to their villages in the rainforest, Camilla Morelli follows closely the life-trajectories of Matses children, watching them shift away from the forest-based lifestyles of their elders and move towards new horizons crisscrossed by concrete paving, lit by the glow of electric lights and television screens, and centered around urban practices and people. The book uses drawings and photographs taken by the children themselves to trace the children’s journeys—lived and imagined—from their own perspectives, proposing an ethnographic analysis that recognizes children’s imaginations, play, and shifting desires as powerful catalysts of social change.
Camilla Morelli is a lecturer in social anthropology at the University of Bristol, UK. 

Roldán Dunú Tumi Dësi is an Indigenous Amazonian anthropologist with a degree in anthropology from the Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía Peruana (UNAP) in Iquitos, Peru.
Product Details ISBN: 9781978825222
ISBN-10: 1978825226
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication Date: June 16th, 2023
Pages: 170
Language: English
Series: Rutgers Series in Childhood Studies
"Children of the Rainforest is a much awaited and fine-grained analysis of Amazonian childhood! Morelli's ethnographic account is timely, highly informative, and moving."
— Olga Ulturgasheva

"While it is often argued that children are the leading change agents in Indigenous communities, Camilla Morelli provides one of the first and the most thorough documentation of this phenomenon." 
— David F. Lancy

"This is a highly innovative book that offers a remarkable perspective on the immense social change facing the Matses since the 1960s through the eyes and lives of children. It is as eminently readable as it is theoretically challenging and offers a truly exceptional ethnography that will appeal to a wide audience. This is one of the most insightful and inspiring books on Indigenous people that I have read in recent years."
— Andrew Canessa