A Territory to Sustain the World(s): From Local Awareness and Practice to the Global Crisis

  • Carolina Comandulli
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Anthropology of Sustainability book series (PSAS)


This chapter is about social renewal through the construction of a space of autonomy, inspired by shamanic vision. The Ashaninka from Amônia River have seen their world practically end. Despite the serious threats they have faced from patrons, loggers and, more recently, climatic changes, they have ingeniously constructed strategies to strengthen their own worlding practices, and are currently not only thriving but also willing to be an example to other indigenous and non-indigenous peoples to sustain our shared world. The transformations and reconstruction the Ashaninka have been able to carry out arise from a history of struggle against exploitative systems and in support of other-than-human-beings that dwell in their lived space. The guidance of their shamans, as well as obtaining a territory where their visions and thoughts could be materialised, have been key in their struggle.


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  • Carolina Comandulli
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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