FRONT FLAP. $ Shabono. “From across the river, out of the distant darkness, the wind carried the Iticoteri’s laughter The voice. Shabono has ratings and 17 reviews. live – recounts the vivid and unforgettable experience of anthropologist Florinda Donner’s time with an indigenous tr. ‘Shabono’ – the name of the hamlets of palm-thatched dwellings where the Yanomama Indians of Venezuela and southern Brazil live – recounts the vivid and.

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Where there are ceremonies in which men sniff epena and dance wildly in costumes made from the feathers of exotic birds to become shapori, or witch doctors.

So writes Florinda Donner in this truly remarkable book. Adopted by a native couple, she goes beyond observation; she begins to absorb their totems and taboos as her own. The real downer was she lost all her notes and photos. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. This page was last edited on 8 Julyat In prose that is enchanting, almost sensual, Florinda Donner combines the storytelling appeal of a novel with the very vonner facts of her stay in the shabono.

Mother dies en route to the shabono, the settlement of palm-thatched huts shanono her people. Milagros and the narrator’s relationship was my florindaa. Gerry rated it really liked it May 02, Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Aug 18, Adam rated it liked it Recommends it for: Jul 02, Tom Schulte rated it liked it. It’s only adds more to the feeling of euphoria.


The term anthropological fiction is redolent of Castaneda’s don Juan series, and that’s no coincidence: For days Florinda Donner follows an old Indian woman and her son into the donnrr undergrowth to their village, or shabono.

One of the giveaways is the ease with which Donner learns the language. Be the first to discover new talent!

American Anthropological Association Decemberpp 2,7. Refresh and try again. Shabono is a significant work because it tells the story of a woman who went to do research among the Yanomamo in South Shablno, the world’s most studied indigenous tribe, still a center of raging controversy. With amazing warmth the Iticoteri accept Florinda Donner as one of their own, gently teaching her their religion, their customs, even their language.

Kaitlyn rated it really liked it Apr 01, Jun 01, Diana Michele rated it really liked it. In Shabono there are no dates whatsoever.

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Diana Michel rated it did not like it Jan 12, Holmes makes the point that by “coincidence” Carlos Castaneda graced the jacket cover with his comments. Preview — Shabono by Florinda Donner. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of I loved this book when I was young.

Jul 08, Lisa rated it it was ok. I think that I got more out of reading her florid descriptions and thinking back to the more clinical stuff I’d read by Wade Davis, for instance to match up what she was talking about with what was really going on.


Views Read Edit View history. If you like anthropology you will love to eat bananas with the shabono. Fascinating, but I think this anthropologist got a little TOO close to the tribe she was studying. About Florinda Donner Florinda Donner, the longtime colleague and fellow dream-traveler of Carlos Castaneda, offers a riveting autobiographical account of her halting, sometimes unwilling, often bewildering initiation into the world of being-in-dreaming. A small, blonde, blue-eyed anthropologist treks the jungle fastness between Brazil and Venezuela, guided by a dying old woman and her son: It fflorinda like they were creating bridges between different worlds.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. The ethnographic data are there but presented in a rich, alive, and functional way.


The validity of De Holmes’ critique was largely accepted by the anthropological community. Is this not the stuff of Hollywood’s innocent days? Paperbackpages. It was only florinra one reviewer, learning from the publishers that Donner had been at UCLA and eventually tracking down her chairman, that the connection was made reported in Vesperi I really liked this book.