Lecture: "Ungrateful Predators: Capture and the Creation of Cofán Violence"
Fri, March 21, 2014 • 11:00 AM • SAC 5.124
Michael Cepek, UT San Antonio, explores the history, logic, and practice of capture among Ecuador’s indigenous Cofán people. In doing so, he complicates the portrait of Amazonian desire sketched by Eduardo Viveiros de Castro and echoed by regional specialists. The Cofán, similar to many peoples of lowland South America, attribute immense power to their socio-cosmological others. Rather than striving to seize this power through intentional acts predicated on a cannibalistic logic, the Cofán acquire the “value of alterity” through an unwilled and unwanted process whose primary quality is terror. For them, nearly all alters, whether indigenous or not, are enemies who prey upon Cofán people through physical and metaphysical capture. The Cofán hope to maintain a maximal distance from these others, who threaten to tear them away from from their homes and lives.
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