Amazonian Synthesis: An Integration of Disciplines, Paradigms, and Methodologies


Jun 2-10, 1989

Organized by

Anna C. Roosevelt


Hotel Rosa dos Ventos, Teresopolis, Brazil


Amazonian Indians from Prehistory to the Present: Anthropological Perspectives (Anna Roosevelt, Ed.) University of Arizona Press, 1994.


  • Nelly Arvelo-Jimenez Instituto Venezalona de Investigaciones Cientificas, Venezuela
  • William Balee Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi, Brazil
  • Stephen J. Beckerman Pennsylvania State University, USA
  • Michael F. Brown Williams College, USA
  • Philippe Descola Collège de France, France
  • Darna L. Dufour University of Colorado, USA
  • Nancy M. Flowers Hunter College, New York, USA
  • Warren Hern University of Colorado, USA
  • Jonathan Hill Southern Illinois University, USA
  • Jean E. Jackson Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • Pita Kelekna Fordham University, USA
  • Harriet E. Manelis Klein Montclair State College, USA
  • Emilio F. Moran Indiana University, USA
  • Thomas P. Myers University of Nebraska State Museum, USA
  • Adelia Engracia de Oliveira Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi, Brazil
  • Anna C. Roosevelt American Museum of Natural History, USA
  • Darrell Posey Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi, Brazil
  • Gustavo Lins Ribeiro Universidade de Brasília, Brazil
  • Sydel Silverman Wenner-Gren Foundation, USA
  • Neil L. Whitehead University of Wisconsin, USA
  • Irmhild Wüst Universidade Federal de Goias, Brazil

ORGANIZER’S STATEMENT: This symposium brought together social anthropologists, archeologists, ethnohistorians, linguists, and biological anthropologists whose work is in various ways reevaluating the anthropology of Amazonia. The aim was to move towards a new theoretical synthesis for understanding the nature and history of Amazonian peoples and cultures. The focus of the conference was the changing relationships among human organization, ideology, economy, and ecology during the ca. 12,000 years of indigenous occupation in the region. Taking into account historical process, regional breadth, and the knowledge bases of different disciplines, the symposium sought to construct new interpretations and to develop new multi-field strategies for further research.

Wenner-Gren Symposium #109

Seated: A. de Oliveira, G. Ribeiro, A. Roosevelt, W. Hern, N. Flowers, N. Arvelo- Jimenez, A. Berg (WGF). Middle Row: L. Obbink (WGF), N. Watson (WGF), W. Ballee, J. Jackson, S. Silverman (WGF), H. Klein, D. Dufour, I. Wust, D. Posey, J. Hill. Back Row: T. Meyers, P. Descola, N. Whitehead, P. Kelekna, S. Beckerman, E. Moran, M. Brown.