Ken Kensinger Portal

Ken Kensinger

The Bennington Papers

KK_1500To honor the memory of Kenneth M. Kensinger, SALSA presents this portal to the life and work of the legendary ethnographer. With the kind permission of Bennington College, we offer selected issues of two series of publications that Kensinger edited, Working Papers on South American Indians (WPSAI) and South American Indian Studies (SAIS).

Working Papers on South American Indians originally appeared in seven print issues, published at irregular intervals from 1979 to 1985 by Bennington College. Kenneth M. Kensinger served as series editor. During these years, Kensinger also hosted an annual meeting of lowland South Americanists at Bennington College. These meetings, often called the “Bennington Meetings,” were one of the most important sites for exchange of information and presentation of new research amog lowland South Americanists. Kensinger’s dedication to this flow of information was passionate: in the introduction to the first issue of WPSAI, Kensinger stated: “It is our belief that any increase in the flow of communication between persons interested in South American Indians can be beneficial to our common and individual scholarly pursuits.” Thus, in addition to hosting the Bennington Meetings, Kensinger edited Working Papers on South American Indians to facilitate “the rapid dissemination between specialists of new data … without the normal impedimenta of journal and book publication.” WPSAI published papers presented at lowland South Americanist symposia in the AAA and ICA meetings, with added forewords, introductions, commentaries, as well as wholly original writing. Often cited, but now very hard to find in print, we hope that this digital reissue will facilitate access to Working Papers on South American Indians for a new generation of students and scholars.

South American Indian Studies originally appeared in five print issues, published at irregular intervals from 1993 to 1998 by Bennington College. Kenneth M. Kensinger served as series editor. Like Working Papers on South American Indians, the publication of SAIS was related to Kensinger’s hosting of the lowland South Americanist summer meetings at Bennington College. Kensinger dedicated energy and enthusiasm to the task of facilitating the flow of information among lowland specialists. The Bennington meetings were one approach to this goal; the publication of WPSAI and SAIS was another. SAIS published mostly papers presented at sessions of the American Anthropological Association conference, where there was always at least one session dedicated to lowland South America. Papers presented at the Bennington meetings were also published in SAIS.

The idea to reissue Working Papers on South American Indians and South American Indian Studies on this website arose out of discussions that occurred on the SALSA email list following the passing of Kenneth Kensinger in May 2010. During this period of mourning, many people suggested we honor Ken Kensinger’s memory through our website, and that reissuing WPSAI and SAIS could be an important way to do so. Newly elected president-elect Jonathan D. Hill organized the scanning of extant print issues and requested authorization from Bennington College and from individual issue editors for the project. We thank Bennington College for this kind permission. We also thank Carolina Izquierdo, who provided several issues from her personal collection so that they could be scanned for this website.

We hope that the materials published on this portal will highlight the outstanding contributions made by Ken Kensinger, with the support of Bennington College, in the field of lowland South American Studies. We hope further that these materials will highlight the many ways Ken inspired and encouraged other scholars to work in and write about lowland South America.


My greatest debt is to the Cashinahua who took me into their hearts and homes and patiently, kindly, and gently instructed me in the way “real people” ought to live.
—Ken Kensinger, 1995

Haskaken, nukun haibu KENSINGER nuticia(kaka) nun ninkaa, nun nui haidaxinaki, el dia 16 de mayo de 2010 anudan ixinkendan.
—Tufí Torres Silva, 2010

SAIS_logo180SOUTH AMERICAN INDIAN STUDIES

Kenneth M. Kensinger, Series Editor

Leadership in Lowland South America

Number 1, August 1993 (File format: PDF. File size: 45.76 MB)
Editor: Waud H. Kracke

Contents:

  • Series Editor’s Foreword by Kenneth M. Kensinger
  • Introduction by Waud H. Kracke
  • Factors Favoring the Development of Political Leadership in Amazonia by Robert L. Carneiro
  • Kagwahiv Headmanship in Peace and War by Waud H. Kracke
  • Leadership and Factionalism in Cashinahua Society by Kenneth M. Kensinger
  • I Saw the Sound of the Waterfall: Shamanism, Gods, and Leadership in Piaroa Society by Joanna Overing
  • Physical Substance and Knowledge: Dualism in Suya Society by Anthony Seeger
  • Waiting for the Inca-God by Michael J. Harner

 Cosmology, Values, and Inter-Ethnic Contact in South America

Number 2, September 1993 (File format: PDF. File size: 1.29 MB)
Editor: Terence Turner

Contents:

  • From Cosmology to Ideology: Resistance, Adaptation and Social Consciousness among the Kayapo by Terence Turner
  • The Carib Universe of People by Kathleen J. Adams
  • Death Comes as the White Man: The Conqueror in Kagwahiv Cosmology by Waud Kracke
  • Kanaima and Branco in Wapisiana Cosmology by Nancy Fried Foster
  • Huaorani and Quichua on the Rio Curaray, Amazonian Ecuador: Shifting Visions of Auca in Interethnic Contact by Mary-Elizabeth Reeve
  • When a Turd Floats By: Cashinahua Metaphors of Contact by Kenneth M. Kensinger
  • Warfare and Shamanism in Central Brazil: The Xingu National Park and the Panara by Stephan Schwartzman
  • Cosmology and Situation of Contact in the Upper Rio Negro Basin by Jonathan D. Hill
  • Cracks in the Cosmology and Indianist Defense by Irene Silverblatt
  • Conquest and Cosmologies by Thomas Abercrombie
  • The Social and Cosmological Replication of the Upriver-Downriver Dichotomy in Incaic Cuzco by R. Tom Zuidema
  • Cosmology, Value, and Power in Canelos Quichua Economics by Norman E. Whitten, Jr.

Discourses and the Expression of Personhood in South American Inter-Ethnic Relations

Number 3, October 1993 (File format: PDF. File size: 735 KB)
Editor: Jonathan D. Hill

Contents:

  • Anthropological Discourses and the Expression of Personhood in South American Interethnic Relations: Introductory Remarks by Jonathan Hill
  • Symbolic Counter-Hegemony among the Ecuadorian Shuar by Janet Wall Hendricks
  • The Self in Contact Situations: Kagwahiv Experiences of Domination by Waud H. Kracke
  • On the Transforming Nature of Toba Subjectivity by Elmer S. Miller
  • Person and Community in Western Brazil by Donald K. Pollock
  • Vaupés Indigenous Rights Organizing and the Emerging Ethnic Self by Jean E. Jackson
  • The Other is Dead by Bernard Arcand

The Demography of Small-Scale Societies: Case Studies for Lowland South America

Number 4, March 1994 (File format: PDF, File size: 58 MB)
Editors: Kathleen Adams and David Price

  • Introduction, Kathleen Adams and David Price
  • Demographic Change and Marriage Choices in One Carib Family, Kathleen Adams
  • What Is a Population? Spouse Import in the Northwest Amazon, Janet M Chemela
  • Demographic Crisis and Recovery: A Case Study of the Xavante of Pimentel Barbosa, Nancy Flowers
  • Observations about a Central Brazilian Indigenors Population: The Bakairi, Debra Picchi
  • Some Demographic Aspects of the Canela fndians of Brazil, Margaret E. Greene and William H. Crocker
  • Notes on Nambiquara Demography, David Price,
  • Cultural Change, Polygrny, and Fertility among the Shipibo of the Peruvian Amazon, Warren M. Hernr

Unsettled Communities: Changing Perspectives on South American Indigenous Settlements

Number 5, December 1998 (File format: PDF. File size: 917 KB)
Editor: Debra Picchi

Contents:

  • Unsettled Communities: Changing Perspectives on South American Indigenous Settlements by Debra Picchi
  • Settlement Patterns Over the Long Term in the Santiago-Cayapas Basin, Ecuador by Warren R. DeBoer
  • Archaeological Implications of Changes in Wachipaeri Settlements by Patricia J. Lyon
  • Settlement Pattern as Economic and Political Strategy: The Xavánte of Central Brazil by Nancy M. Flowers, Silvia A. Gugelmin and Ricardo V. Santos
  • Changing Perspectives on Cashinahua Residential Practices: 1955–1995 by Kenneth M. Kensinger
  • Dispersed, Nucleated, Dispersed: Changing Matses Settlement Patterns, 1969–1995 by James G. Matlock
  • Northern Arawakan Peoples and Extralocal Factors in the Venezuelan Amazon by Jonathan D. Hill
  • The Teleology of Kinship and Village Formation: Community, Ideal and Practice among the Northern Gê of Central Brazil by William H. Fisher

WORK_logo180WORKING PAPERS ON SOUTH AMERICAN INDIANS

Kenneth M. Kensinger, Series Editor

Studies in Hunting and Fishing in the Neotropics

Number 2, Spring 1980 (File format: PDF. File size: 3.87 MB)
Issue editor: Raymond B. Hames

Contents:

  • Editor’s Preface by Kenneth M. Kensinger
  • Introduction by Raymond B. Hames
  • An Analysis of Amazonian Hunting Yields as a Function of Settlement Age by William T. Vickers
  • Game Depletion and Hunting Zone Rotation among the Ye’Kwana and Yanomamö of Amazonas, Venezuela by Raymond B. Hames
  • Fishing and Hunting by the Barí of Colombia by Stephen Beckerman
  • Highland New Guinea Models in the South American Lowlands by Napoleon Chagnon
  • The Limits to Protein by Bernard Neitschmann

Food Taboos in Lowland South America

Number 3, August 1981 (File format: PDF. File size: 13.08 MB)
Editors: Kenneth M. Kensinger and Waud H. Kracke

Contents:

  • Foreword by Kenneth M. Kensinger and Waud H. Kracke
  • From Forest to Mouth: Reflections on the Txicão Theory of Substance by Patrick Menget
  • Protein, Protein, What is Done in Thy Name? by Jean-Paul Dumont and Marshall Hurlich
  • Knowledge and Praxis in Sanuma Food Prohibitions by Kenneth I. Taylor
  • Food Taboos and the Balance of Oppositions among the Barasana and Taiwano by Thomas A. Langdon
  • The Semiotics of Tabooed Food: Shokleng (Ge) by Greg Urban
  • Don’t Let the Piranha Bite Your Liver by Waud H. Kracke
  • Cubeo Dietary Rules by Irving Goldman
  • Food Taboos as Markers of Age Categories in Cashinahua by Kenneth M. Kensinger
  • Infancy Related Food Taboos among the Shipibo by Joan Abelove and Roberta Campos
  • Achuara Food Taboos by Pita Kelekna
  • Food Taboos in Lowland South America: A Discussion by Donald F. Tuzin
  • Protean Analyses of Food Taboos in Lowland South America: The Search for a Framework by Fitz John Porter Poole

Borders and Peripheries in Lowland South America

Number 4, August 1983 (File format: PDF. File size: 39.43 MB)
Organizer and Convener: Jane Fearer Safer
Editor: Kenneth M. Kensinger

Contents:

  • Editor’s Foreword by Kenneth M. Kensinger
  • Introduction by Jane Fearer Safer
  • Shamanism and Leadership in the Gran Chaco: A Dynamic View by Elmer S. Miller
  • Ethnohistory of Andean-Montaña Contacts: An Abstract by Gertrude Dole
  • Organization Through Opposition: Dual Division and Quadripartition by Patricia J. Netherly
  • “Traditional” Ethnic Boundaries in the Central Northwest Amazon by Jean E. Jackson
  • The Llanos: Periphery as Center by Robert V. Morey and Nancy C. Morey
  • The Guajiro by Benson Saler
  • Bibliography

Sexual Ideologies in Lowland South America

Number 5, July 1984 (File format: PDF. File size: 25.77 MB)
Editor: Kenneth M. Kensinger

Contents:

  • Foreword by Kenneth M. Kensinger
  • Sex and Food: Reciprocity in Cashinahua Society? by Kenneth M. Kensinger
  • Delights and Dangers: Notes on Sexuality in the Upper Xingu by Patrick Menget
  • Sexed Time by Bernard Arcand
  • Sex and Power in Siona Society by E. Jean Langdon
  • The Mehinaku Myth of Matriarchy by Thomas Gregor
  • Female Scarcity, Gender Ideology, and Sexual Politics in the Northwest Amazon by Janet Chernela
  • Bibliography

The Sibling Relationship in Lowland South America

Number 7, March 1985 (File format: PDF. File size: 677 KB)
Organizer and Convener: Judith Shapiro
Editor: Kenneth M. Kensinger

Contents:

  • Foreword by Kenneth M. Kensinger
  • The Sibling Relationship in Lowland South America: General Considerations by Judith Shapiro
  • Looking for a Sister: Culina Siblingship and Affinity by Donald K. Pollock
  • Nambiquara Brothers by David Price
  • Cashinahua Siblingship by Kenneth M. Kensinger
  • Agnatic Sibling Relations and Rank in Arawakan Myth and Social Life by Jonathan D. Hill
  • The Sibling Relationship among the Uanano of the Northwest Amazon: The Case of Nicho by Janet Chernela
  • Sibling Relations in Lowland South America: A Commentary on Symposium Papers by Raymond C. Kelly
  • Comment on Siblingship in Lowland South America by Elen B. Basso
  • Bibliography

Marriage practicesMARRIAGE PRACTICES IN LOWLAND SOUTH AMERICA

Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1984 (Illinois Studies in Anthropology, No. 14)
Editor: Kenneth M. Kensinger

Contents:

Acknowledgements

SALSA thanks Bennington College for authorizing us to post South American Indian Studies and Working Papers on South American Indians on this website. We hope this will serve as a testament to the important role that Ken Kensinger and Bennington College played in the history of lowland South American studies. We also thank Carolina Izquierdo, who provided several issues from her personal collection so that they could be scanned for this website.

These materials are presented with permission from the copyright holder, Bennington College, for nonprofit educational and research purposes only, and are restricted from any use beyond these purposes. These materials may not be further replicated or disseminated without explicit permission from Bennington College.