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Savages (Vintage Departures)

Savages (Vintage Departures) [Kindle Edition]

Joe Kane
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In this impressive, funny and moving work, Joe Kane tells the story of the Huaorani, a tribe living in the deepest part of the Amazonian rain forest in Ecuador. The Huaorani have only in the last generation been exposed to such items as the wristwatch. But the modern world is reaching them quickly; for better or worse--usually worse--they live astride some of Ecuador's richest oilfields. Oil production in the Amazon has opened the forest to colonization and industrialization, often with alarming results: about 17 million gallons, of raw crude, more than in the Valdez spill in Alaska, were spilled from a Amazon pipeline between 1972 and 1989. Kane, who lived with the Huaorani for months, immaculately reports on the tribes' connections with the old world and its battles with the new one.


Savages is a firsthand account, by turn hilarious, heartbreaking, and thrilling, of a small band of Amazonian warriors and their battle to preserve their way of life. Includes eight pages of photos.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 5389 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 306 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: B00DFGU0VK
  • Verlag: Vintage; Auflage: Reprint (4. Januar 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B006L7RBNU
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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One of my professors used this book in an anthropology graduate seminar at Berkeley to examine the concept of field work, and the types of knowledge that field work imparts. We found this book to be very instructive in the values and practice of journalists as our society's "instant experts" as opposed to anthropologists who spend decades studying the cultures they write about. We were all struck by how little time Kane actually spent conducting fieldwork, how absorbed he was with himself, and we were shocked to see what little regard he gave to actually learning the language of the people he claimed to be so interested in studying. This book can teach readers quite a bit about how journalists study the world, and should not be confused with the field of anthropology (as the book's jacket blurbs would have it).
I do not wish to be overly harsh with this book for it does inform general readers of some important developmental issues facing indigenous peoples the world over. The information gathered outside of the field setting does present vital data on the travesties of the petroleum industry (though the author does ignore an embarrassing amount of published anthropological work on the Huaorani). This is the book's strength, but the degree to which it exoticizes the Huaorani (even given Kane's attempt at irony in naming his book) as (noble) Savages overly simplifies a complex situation, as deadline pressed journalists often do.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great humour, deep sympathy and lots of action 15. September 1999
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Kane gives a very sympathetic yet never condoning view of a people that comes an incredible long way to take up the challenge of the most powerful industries in the world: the oil industry! The author relates his experiences with great humour reflecting one of the most outstanding characteristics of the Huaorani: they seem to be able to lough a lot inspite of it all! A most touching yet also entertaining book.
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Von Ein Kunde
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Before reading this book, I knew nothing about the Amazon and wasn't that interested. Now, even though it's been half a year since I finished the book, I find myself thinking about Moi, Enquiri, Judith, and the rest. Joe Kane also did a good job explaining the very complicated situation with the oil companies. I was inspired to hit the library for more books on the Amazon and the people there. It's also inspired me to check in with Rainforest Action Network and write a few letters. One of my favorite books ever.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A book that will open your eyes... 27. April 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Savages is not the kind of story you read and promptly forget about. While living in Ecuador, I borrowed the book from a friend and was shocked how Texaco and other companies are destroying the Ecuadorian rainforests, polluting the land, and obliterating indigeneous tribes and cultures. If you want to read a book that will open your eyes to reality, read Joe Kane's book.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Objective & informative 16. April 1999
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I enjoyed this book very much because it gave a great overview of a tribe that was being affected by oil industries. The destruction of the rainforest to have a few dqys of gas is not worth it. I just visited the rainforest in Ecuador, and it was definitely something to preserve. A great movie with the same story is "Trinkets & Beads." It is a bit exspensive to rent, and very hard to find, but extremely worth it. Read the book, then see this documentary.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This is one of the best books I've ever read. 5. August 1998
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Joe Kane's perspective is extraordinarily balanced. His approach to the complex realities is balanced, despite his biases. His account is compelling and unforgettable. At the end I sensed how delicate the Huaroni's and other indigenous tribe's existence is, with sadness. And yet his final words contain hope. Kane poses the most hard-hitting questions to the right people and summarizes this difficult picture with succinct and near poetic sentences.
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In 1967 Texaco discovered commercial oil in the Oriente. In 1972 it completed a 312-mile pipeline from the Oriente to Ecuadors Pacific &quote;
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Texaco pipeline had ruptured at least twenty-seven times, spilling 16.8 million gallons of raw crude &quote;
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