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Séminaire d’Anthropologie à Bruxelles - Brussels Anthropology (ABBA) : Lewis Daly - the 15 December 2017

Speaker: Lewis Daly (University College London)

Title : Cassava Spirit and the Seed of History: Life at the human vegetal interface in Amazonia Guyana

Abstract :

The Makushi people of Amazonian Guyana are expert horticulturalists, and, like many Amerindian groups, cultivate bitter cassava (Manihot esculenta) as their staple crop. Vegetatively propagated via cuttings, the cassava plant (kîse) is processed into the most important foodstuffs in Makushi cuisine. In this sense, it is understood to "nourish" society. Farmers cultivate hundreds of folk-varieties of the crop, each with its unique name and life-history. However, cassava plants are more than just food crops or trade items: in the indigenous cosmology they are understood to be subjective "persons" endowed with animating spirits. In this paper, I explore the hyper-diversity and personhood of this culturally-pivotal plant, in relation to its complex mythological and cosmological associations.

  • When ?

Friday the 15 December 2017 from 2:00 pm till 4:00 pm

  • Where?

ULB - Campus du Solbosch

Institut de Sociologie (building S)

Room S15.215 - 15th floor

44 avenue Jeanne - 1050 Bruxelles

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