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Happy with the Enemy: Kinship, Pacification, and Corporeal Transformations in Trio Beer Feasts, Northeastern Amazonia



This article is based on fieldwork among a Central Carib people known as the Trio, who have for the past 40 years lived alongside their former enemies in large sedentary villages in southern Suriname. The article analyses the relations that have been established and nurtured between people, particularly those of distant affines, at times of communal celebrations such as beer feasts, with a particular focus on intersubjectivity. As the frequency and magnitude of these beer-drinking feasts seems to be on the rise in the whole region, I examine the relationship that exists between sedentarization, conversion to Christianity, and the long-term process of peaceful engagement with enemies, which together make for contemporary Trio sociality, particularly at the times of communal feasts.