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Amadeo Rea: on namkams, coyote sickness and perceptions of reality in the greater southwest

Amadeo Rea: on namkams, coyote sickness and perceptions of reality in the greater southwest

Part Two of a conversation with Amadeo Rea, taxonomic ornithologist and ethnobiologist who has spent most of his life working with the Piman people of the greater south-western American deserts.

Fifty years in the desert – the ethnobiological life of Amadeo Rea

Fifty years in the desert – the ethnobiological life of Amadeo Rea

A friend of mine, who was just finishing the manuscript for Birds of Arizona with the University of Arizona Press said “Why don’t you find out from your old Indian friends what the river was like when it ran and what birds were there?”

Little Geysers – musings on Willow Island, Mississippi River

Little Geysers – musings on Willow Island, Mississippi River

There are certain moments on the River that shine more brightly than others. When they happen, they’re sharp like dreams. It’s like the energy of the earth surges, rises from its core, and lights up something very small. Ditches, low fogs, rocks, and other unremarkable things become geysers of this glow.

Ethnoornithology Abstracts from the 35th Society of Ethnobiology meeting, Denver, Colorado

Ethnoornithology Abstracts from the 35th Society of Ethnobiology meeting, Denver, Colorado

A real highlight for me was catching up with Amadeo Rea, whose magistral book "Wings In The Desert " on the ethnoornithology of the Northern Piman peoples is one of my all time favourites. I'm looking forward to bringing my interview with him to these pages soon.