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SAEZ, Oscar Calavia. The third shore of history: structure and narrative of the indigenous societies.Translated byAndré Villalobos. Rev. bras. ciênc. soc. [online]. 2006, vol.2Selected edition, pp. 0-0. ISSN 0102-6909.

From the point of view of my own research among the Yaminawa of the Acre River, this paper examines the latest historiography on the indigenous peoples in Brazil - a rather new discipline, since these peoples were viewed as "out of history" not long ago. It brings some questions on the role that the historicity of indigenes plays in the broader theoretical frame of anthropology. Does it tell us anything new about "natives" or about this anthropology that has been leaned, more or less explicitly, in the distinction between humanity "with" and "without" history? Have we either faced the dissolution of another false dichotomy or perhaps such dichotomy used to be too much productive not to have disappeared without leaving behind a profound modification of its terms?

Keywords : Anthropological theory; History; Ethnohistory; Cold societies; Yaminawa.

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