Paletó and Me: Memories of My Indigenous Father (Paperback)

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Paletó and Me: Memories of My Indigenous Father (Paperback)

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Winner of the prestigious Casa de las Am ricas Prize, this work spins a heartfelt story of an improbable relationship between an anthropologist and her charismatic Indigenous father.

When Aparecida Vila a first traveled down the remote Negro River in Amazonia, she expected to come back with notebooks and tapes full of observations about the Indigenous Wari' people--but not with a new father. In Palet and Me, Vila a shares her life with her adoptive Wari' family, and the profound personal transformations involved in becoming kin.

Palet --unfailingly charming, always prepared with a joke--shines with life in Vila a's account of their unusual father-daughter relationship. Palet was many things: he was a survivor, who lived through the arrival of violent invaders and diseases. He was a leader, who taught through laughter and care, spoke softly, yet was always ready to jump into the unknown. He could shift seamlessly between the roles of the observer and the observed, and in his visits to Rio de Janeiro, deconstructs urban social conventions with ease and wit.

Begun the day after Palet 's death at the age of 85, Palet and Me is a celebration of life, weaving together the author's own memories of learning the lifeways of Indigenous Amazonia with her father's testimony to Wari' persistence in the face of colonization. Speaking from the heart as both anthropologist and daughter, Vila a offers an intimate look at Indigenous lives in Brazil over nearly a century.


Product Details ISBN: 9781503629332
ISBN-10: 1503629333
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication Date: September 21st, 2021
Pages: 232
Language: English