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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Lists with This Book. Dec 13, Joseph Pfeffer rated it liked it. A work of anthropological fiction that reads like a personal journey of self-fulfillment from the complacent certainties of Western civilization to the mystical joys of a simpler community life that dispenses with all the gadgets and gewgaws for a more deeply human experience. The term anthropological fiction is redolent of Castaneda’s don Juan series, and that’s no coincidence: Florinda Donner was one of Carlos Castanedas’s “witches,” the women who surrounded him in his later years and became p A work of anthropological fiction that reads like a personal journey of self-fulfillment from the complacent certainties of Western civilization to the mystical joys of a simpler community life that dispenses with all the gadgets and gewgaws for a more deeply human experience.
Florinda Donner was one of Carlos Castanedas’s “witches,” the women who surrounded him in his later years and became part of his shamanic cult rituals, described in horrifying detail in Amy Wallace’s “Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Some say she was his second wife. When Castaneda died inDonner disappeared the next day, and has never been found.
She is assumed to have committed florjnda in the desert. Shabono is a significant work because it tells the story of a woman who donnerr to do research among the Yanomamo in South America, the world’s most studied indigenous tribe, still a center of raging controversy. Sleuthing by the same sort of people who uncovered Castaneda’s hoax revealed beyond reasonable doubt that Donner, like Carlos, spent her year among the Yanomamo cloistered floirnda the UCLA library, researching the burgeoning number of books on the jungle culture.
This comes through in the book itself: Often, Donner seems to be describing a kind of coeducational wilderness camp, a back-to-nature enterprise in which the girls sit around and laugh at the boys’ macho posing while at the same time admitting they need these guys to make them safe and make their lives interesting.
One of the giveaways is the ease with which Donner learns the language. She enters the forest with rudimentary knowledge of it, but in six months is conversing with ease. Also, the treks through the vegetation don’t seem nearly difficult enough, and people always have plenty to eat. For all that, her descriptions of the landscape and the way the rain and sun create indelible images are striking, and her lively, humorous interactions with the women and children ring true.
Unlike Castaneda, she is not the naive apprentice learning about a strange, magical culture, always a few steps behind her mentors. Donner is interactive, with the locals learning as much from her as she does from them. She seems to spin her wheels throughout much of the body of the book, but the final fporinda portray a convincing initiation into the true magic, the real otherness, what Donner might call the miraculous humanity, of the forest people.
Like everyone else who gets deep into the life of the Amazon, she can never go back to her former world spiritually, whether or not she does physically. Her heart remains floridna the jungle.
Aug 31, Cameron rated it did not like it. This book features the convoluted adventures of a woman who decides to live in a community of Brazilian Indians.
Shabono: A Visit to a Remote and Magical World in the South American Rain Forest by Florinda Donner
To those familiar with the Yanomami I lived with them for 5 years this is obvious fakery, although my edition of the book did not claim that the book was “a true story” or “nonfiction”. She wrote two other books describing her evolution as a bruja.
Although she grew up in Venezuela there is no proof that she spent any time with the Yanomami. Florinda Donner vanished after Carlos Castaneda died in April Her body was never found. Feb 01, Bob Newman rated it liked it. Florinda’s Excellent Adventure So, y’know, like, there’s this really geeky anthropologist?
She’s goin around with a notebook and tape recorder, and like sticking her nose in all these foreign people’s business? She probably even, like, goes in for all kindsa dorky music, you know, like Bay City Rollers or Lawrence Whelk? But one day, she goes, “Whoa, dude! Like I’m outta here. You shoulda seen his abs. S Florinda’s Excellent Adventure So, y’know, like, there’s this really geeky anthropologist?
She takes along a big diamond and a pearl, but no matches. She winds up hanging out with this Indian tribe deep in the forest who eat all kinds of totally yucky things, sleep in hammocks, and don’t even have TV.
Florinda Donner-Grau – Shabono: Book Start
She shoots fish with arrows, goes around naked, gets into body painting, and really gets into the culture, you know what I mean? They know stuff that we don’t know, magic and everything. Awesome sunsets and storms too. The real downer was she lost all her notes and photos.
What a bummer, huh? But she gave them her diamond and pearl before she came back to L. Yes, sorry about that.
I would say it is engrossing and well worth a few hours of your time. If, however, you are looking for anthropology, if you are looking for information about the oft-studied Yanomamo, the world’s official “Primitive People”, then give this book a miss.
Donner definitely knew something about the Yanomamo, but how much time she ever spent with them is open to question. This book could have been written as anthropo-fiction. If that is the case, then I owe the author an apology because it deserves five stars as an effort in that direction.
But with endorsements by Carlos Castaneda on front and back covers, I think she wanted readers to believe that this all happened.
Nov 11, Teo Ojog rated it it was amazing Shelves: Oct 10, David Parker rated it it was amazing Shelves: The ending made cry remembering my stay in Brazil. Jul 12, amarrce rated it it was amazing Shelves: For goodbye is said with the eyes.
When you read this book, you will be instantly be emerged into this magical world that makes you rethink about your ideology on life. This book teaches you about things that you couldn’t even imagine happening in reality. The narrator we don’t even learn her name is so open-minded that you feel the same way when seeing the different customs of the tribe. They welcomed her with such kindness and generosi “There’s no goodbye in my language. They welcomed her with such kindness and generosity.
I can only hope there are still people like that now. I love seeing how much faith the tribe members had in their beliefs of spirits.
It’s only adds more to the feeling of euphoria. The narrator created so many relationships that were so fascinating. It was like they were creating bridges between different worlds. Milagros and the narrator’s relationship was my favorite. Finding Hope – 3: Aug 18, Adam rated it liked it Recommends it for: Middle aged women looking to escape to a place that doesn’t really exist. Not that bad, and certainly worth checking out if you’re into the genre.
If you’re someone who really gets off on the hard science end of Anthropological and Ethnobotanical stuff, like I do, you’ll be disappointed, but amused. I donnee 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 florindz what she was talking about with what was really going on.
I probably missed a lot of the art that she brought to i Not that bad, and certainly worth checking out if you’re into the genre.
I probably missed a lot of the art that she brought to it by reading it that way, but it would have driven me nuts otherwise.
Jul 08, Lisa rated it it was ok. I loved this book when I was young.
Florinda Donner, I am disgusted. Jul 02, Tom Schulte rated it liked it. A fascinating tale of months spent with an Amazonian tribe by a women that goes from interested research scientist into active member of the tribal family.
She hunts, heals, participates in cannibalistic funeral remembrances. This one is about a deeper, more personal, intimate transformation. Jun 01, Diana Michele rated it really liked it. Great tale, lovingly wrote, of the experiences of a female anthropologist’s encounter donned a rain forest people. What they make of her and she of them.
Aug 02, Heather rated it really liked it Shelves: