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Intercultural Utopias


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Explores how participants in the indigenous movement in Cauca, Colombia - including indigenous, non-indigenous, scholars, and shamans - have helped define a new sense of Colombian nationhood

Table of Contents

About the Series ix
Acknowledgments xi
A Note on the Orthography of Nasa Yuwe xvii
Abbreviations for Colombian Organizations xix
Introduction 1
1. Frontier Nasa / Nasa de Frontera : The Dilemma of the Indigenous Intellectual 23
2. Colaboradores: The Predicament of Pluralism in an Intercultural Movement 55
3. Risking Dialogue: Anthropological Collaborations with Nasa Intellectuals 83
4. Interculturalism and Lo propio: CRIC's Teachers as Local Intellectuals 115
5. Second Sight: Nasa and Guambiano Theory 152
6. The Battle for the Legacy of Father Ulcue: Spirituality in the Struggle between Region and Locality 185
7. Imagining a Pluralist Nation: Intellectuals and Indigenous Special Jurisdiction 227
Epilogue 262
Glossary 277
Notes 281
Works Cited 299
Index 325

About the Author

Joanne Rappaport is Professor of Spanish at Georgetown University. She is the author of The Politics of Memory: Native Historical Interpretation in the Colombian Andes, also published by Duke University Press, and Cumbe Reborn: An Andean Ethnography of History.


"This book is a major intervention in discussions of interculturalism among scholars and activists committed to indigenous movements. Joanne Rappaport's theoretical and methodological innovation and politically engaged practice model the transformative power of horizontal conversation between and among intellectuals from distinct linguistic and cultural traditions."--Florencia E. Mallon, author of Courage Tastes of Blood: The Mapuche Community of Nicolas Ailio and the Chilean State, 1906-2001 "Joanne Rappaport takes engaged anthropology a whole step further in this brilliant experimental ethnography. Through intercultural dialogues involving new generations of Nasa intellectuals and their nonindigenous collaborators in Colombia, we witness creative tactics to decolonize knowledge and produce novel hybrid political culture. Intercultural Utopias offers a rigorous, indigenously inflected analytical approach to issues such as indigenous politics, autonomy, and conflict 'inside the inside' of highly fluid arenas of indigenous activism."--Kay Warren, author of Indigenous Movements and Their Critics: Pan-Maya Activism in Guatemala "[A] complex and nuanced ethnography... [T]he book also reflects a particular kind of engagement: collaborative research with the indigenous intellectuals whose discourses and practices she describes."--Nancy Postero, American Ethnologist

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