War of Shadows The Struggle for Utopia in the Peruvian PDF

War of Shadows is the haunting story of a failed uprising in the Peruvian —told largely by people who were there Late in 1965 Asháninka Indians members of one of the 's largest native tribes joined forces with Marxist revolutionaries who had opened a guerrilla front in Asháninka territory They fought and were crushed by the overwhelming military force of the Peruvian government Why did the Indians believe this alliance would deliver them from poverty and the depredations of colonization on their rainforest home? With rare insight and eloquence anthropologists Brown and Fernández write about an ian people whose contacts with outsiders have repeatedly begun in hope and ended in tragedyThe players in this dramatic confrontation included militants of the Movement of the Revolutionary Left MIR the U S Embassy the Peruvian military a renegade American settler and the Asháninka Indians themselves Using press reports and archival sources as well as oral histories the authors weave a vivid tapestry of narratives and counternarratives that challenges the official history of the guerrilla struggle Central to the story is the Asháninkas' persistent hope that a messiah would lead them to freedom a belief with roots in eighteenth and nineteenth century jungle rebellions and religious movements War of Shadows is the haunting story of a failed uprising in the Peruvian —told largely by people who were there Late in 1965 Asháninka Indians members of one of the 's largest native tribes joined forces with Marxist revolutionaries who had opened a guerrilla front in Asháninka territory They fought and were crushed by the overwhelming military force of the Peruvian government Why did the Indians believe this alliance would deliver them from poverty and the depredations of colonization on their rainforest home? With rare insight and eloquence anthropologists Brown and Fernández write about an ian people whose contacts with outsiders have repeatedly begun in hope and ended in tragedyThe players in this dramatic confrontation included militants of the Movement of the Revolutionary Left MIR the U S Embassy the Peruvian military a renegade American settler and the Asháninka Indians themselves Using press reports and archival sources as well as oral histories the authors weave a vivid tapestry of narratives and counternarratives that challenges the official history of the guerrilla struggle Central to the story is the Asháninkas' persistent hope that a messiah would lead them to freedom a belief with roots in eighteenth and nineteenth century jungle rebellions and religious movements