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.

Current issue

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.

Special Issues

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.


William H. Fisher

Book Review Editor

Julie Velásquez Runk, University of Georgia

Editorial Board

Hortensia Caballero Arias, IVIC, Venezuela
Stephen Grant Baines, Universidade de Brasília
Jean-Pierre Chaumeil, EREA, CNRS, France
Jeffrey Ehrenreich, University of New Orleans
Philippe Erikson, Université de Paris X, Nanterre
Carlos Fausto, Museu Nacional, Rio de Janeiro
Michael J. Heckenberger, University of Florida
Manuel Lizarralde, University of Connecticut
Suzanne Oakdale, University of New Mexico
Laura Rival, University of Oxford
Fernando Santos-Granero, Smithsonian Tropical Institute
Alexandre Surrallès, EHESS and LAS, France
Aparecida Vilaça, Museu Nacional, Rio de Janeiro
Robin Wright, University of Florida