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Preserving Indian Culture: Shaman Schools and Ethno-Education in the Vaupes, Colombia

Essay Excerpt

Tukanoans in the Vaupes region of southeastern Colombia have been mobilizing to preserve their culture and history for some 20 years.' This article examines the reactions of a group of Tukanoan primary schoolteachers to a specific instance of cultural revitalization efforts: an attempt to preserve local indigenous medicine using Western pedagogical methods. Although the events this paper discusses occurred among Indians in a tropical forest region in the Northwest Amazon, the issues are similar to those encountered by many other Indian communities which  -influenced by the pan-Indian movement now stretching the length of the Western Hemisphere - are attempting to strengthen and renew their culture in highly politicized circumstances (302).

Jackson, J. "Preserving Indian Culture: Shaman Schools and Ethno-Education in the Vaupés, Colombia." Cultural Anthropology 10.3(1995): 302–329.

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