CIRCULATION, ACCUMULATION, AND THE POWER OF SHUAR SHRUNKEN HEADS

@inproceedings{Rubenstein2007CIRCULATIONAA,
  title={CIRCULATION, ACCUMULATION, AND THE POWER OF SHUAR SHRUNKEN HEADS},
  author={Stephen Lee Rubenstein},
  year={2007}
}
In this article, I discuss the changing meanings of tsantsas, the shrunken heads of enemies slain in war, for Shuar, a group indigenous to the Ecuadorian Amazon. By the time Ecuadorian authorities put an end to warfare in the 1950s, Shuar had exchanged all of their tsantsas with European and Euro-American collectors in return for trade goods. I focus on the continuing significance for Shuar of tsantsas, despite their absence, and the impact of the repatriation in 1995 of several heads by the… CONTINUE READING