Tipití is the only refereed journal entirely dedicated to lowland South America. Tipití is increasingly recognized as an established and cutting-edge journal for lowland South American anthropology scholarship. Although lowland South American anthropology is far from being a unified, homogeneous field of research, it is renewing anthropological thinking on a number of issues through its debates and its diversity. And although various schools of Amazonian anthropology, rooted in different national traditions, co-exist today, they all share the same commitment to ethnography, as well as the view that it is through advancing cross-cultural comparative research that lowland South American specialists will contribute to anthropological theory. Tipití is committed to providing a space for such a diverse intellectual meeting-ground.

Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editors

Editor-in Chief

Associate Editors

Book Review Editor

More info here



Editorial Board

Current issue


Cosmology and Practice in Amazonia

This issue of Tipití grew out of a 2016 workshop held at King’s College, Cambridge in honor of Stephen Hugh-Jones. Guest editors Chloe Nahum-Claudel and Olivier Allard have taken the initiative to bring the project to fruition and have contributed an Introduction that provides an overview of Stephen’s career and the contents of the present issue. Five papers by Stephen Hugh-Jones are featured, including one never-before-published. Three are published in English for the first time and all have been, to a greater or lesser extent, fine-tuned by the author for publication here. This special issue also carries comments on two of these articles and five original contributions by anthropologists who, from different angles, draw on and extend the insights and interpretations found in Hugh-Jones’s work. In addition to the special issue content, readers will also find a comparative article on transgender relations by Drs. Dziubinska and Dias. The editor would like to thank the anonymous reviewers who contributed so much to the improvement of the papers. Special acknowledgement is also due to Kevin Richeson for his superb editorial and production work and to Joe Fitzgibbon for his close copyediting. Yijie Zou chipped in with useful editorial help. Outgoing SALSA president, Carlos Londoño Sulkin, incoming president, Jeremy Campbell, and Treasurer/Secretary, Laura Zanotti, also provided crucial encouragement and support during the production of this issue.


Special Issues

The bulk of this special issue represents the elaboration of papers first presented at a special session, “Indigenous Peoples in Isolation: Terminology, Territory and Processes of Contact,” organized by Minna Opas, Felipe Milanez, Luis Felipe Torres, and Glenn Shepard for the XI Salsa Conference held in Lima, Peru during July 2017.

Remembering William T. Vickers (1942–2016)

Remembering William T. Vickers (1942–2016)

William H. Fisher, editor.

Most of the present issue is dedicated to anthropologist William T. Vickers. A number of contributions highlight his scientific and advocacy work among the Secoya and Siona people in Ecuador’s northeastern Amazon region.

Special Issue in Honor of Terence Turner

Special Issue in Honor of Terence Turner

Suzanne Oakdale, guest editor.

The articles in this issue were presented in a session at the 2013 meetings of the American Anthropological Association in honor of Terence Turner.


The Alchemical Person

Special Topics: The Alchemical Person

Elizabeth Rahman and Juan Alvaro Echeverri, issue editors

This special topic is drawn from the panel The Alchemical Person, which took place at IX Sesquiannual Conference of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America (University Of Gothenburg, 2014).


Special Issue is in honor of Shelton H. Davis

Special Issue is in honor of Shelton H. Davis: Legacy to Anthropological Advocacy, Development Issues, and Indigenous Peoples’ Movements

Robin M. Wright, guest editor

This Special Issue is in honor of Shelton H. Davis, one of the pioneers in anthropological advocacy of indigenous rights and a major contributor to the elaboration of socially and environmentally sound development policies at the World Bank.

Special Issue in honor of Joanna Overing

Special Issue in honor of Joanna Overing: In the World and About the World: Amerindian Modes of Knowledge

Fernando Santos-Granero and George Mentore, guest editors

This collection of essays on Amerindian modes of knowledge attempts to build upon the architecture of ideas present in the intellectual endeavors of Joanna Overing, result of a conference organized by her students at the University of Virginia (November 2015).

Politics and Religion in Amazonia

Special Issue: Politics and Religion in Amazonia

Javier Ruedas & Jeffrey David Ehrenreich, guest editors:

The history of the papers in this special issue of Tipití is tied directly to the establishment of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America (SALSA) and the creation of its journal.