The Shifting Middle Ground: Amazonian Indians and Eco-Politics


Department of Anthropology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37235.

Department of Anthropology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242.


Over the past decade in Brazil, the convergence between international environmentalism and indigenous cultural survival concerns led to an unprecedented internationalization of local A native struggles. The Indian-environmentalist alliance has benefited both parties, but recent events suggest that it may be unstable and may pose political risks for native people. The limitations of transnational symbolic politics as a vehicle for indigenous activism reflect tensions and contradictions in outsiders' symbolic constructions of Indian identity.