FRONT FLAP. $ Shabono. “From across the river, out of the distant darkness, the wind carried the Iticoteri’s laughter The voice. Shabono has ratings and 17 reviews. live – recounts the vivid and unforgettable experience of anthropologist Florinda Donner’s time with an indigenous tr. ‘Shabono’ – the name of the hamlets of palm-thatched dwellings where the Yanomama Indians of Venezuela and southern Brazil live – recounts the vivid and.

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To those familiar with the Yanomami I lived with them for 5 years this is obvious fakery, although my edition of the book did not claim that the book was “a true story” or “nonfiction”.

Another critical review, by Dr. Rebecca De Holmes, the author of the critique, stated that it was unlikely that Donner had spent any amount of time among the Yanomami. Shabono is a significant work because it tells the story of a woman who went to do research among the Yanomamo in South America, the world’s most studied indigenous tribe, still a center of raging controversy. In Shabono there are no dates whatsoever. By further coincidence, and as an aficionado of the Don Juan series could scarcely miss, an entire chapter in Castaneda’s sixth book was devoted to a certain sorceress by name of Florinda.

Shabono: A Visit to a Remote and Magical World in the South American Rain Forest

What they make of her and she of them. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Not that bad, and certainly worth checking out if you’re into the genre. Since that time three issues now force us to make a public statement.


Patty rated it it was ok Sep 10, Unlike Castaneda, she is not the naive apprentice learning about a strange, magical culture, always a few steps behind her mentors. A Healer’s Way of Knowledge. Scandal or Superb Social Science?. It would be helpful if Donner had been precise as to exactly when this trip was made. This comes through in the book itself: The result is as unusual as it is irresistible, ehabono book that will fascinate equally readers of fiction and nonfiction.

By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Diana Michel rated it did not like it Jan 12, Behind the hardness of life in the jungle is an exquisite magic, a world in which the Iticoteri are born, undergo grueling rites of passage, marry, make war, and die. As day becomes night and tlorinda day, time loses all meaning, and her sojourn among the people she calls the Iticoteri extends to a year.

In addition to working on Castaneda’s books, she has written several books about indigenous healing, sorcery and lucid dreaming. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system, without the written permission of the Publisher, except where permitted by law.

Aug 31, Cameron rated it did not like it. It is possible that will never know for sure, as from the helpful interview with Japenga we learn that “Donner said she gave up keeping track of the years when she lived with Ritimi, Tutemi and Texoma, her Yanomama friends, who never saw a need to count higher than three”.


Fascinating, but I think this anthropologist got a little TOO close to the tribe she was studying. Want to Read saving….

Reluctantly they guide her to the edge of the jungle at the end of her year with them. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. If you like anthropology you will love to eat bananas with the shabono.

Florinda Donner – Wikipedia

Kaitlyn rated it really liked it Apr 01, Adding to the evaluations of this book is not the purpose of our commentary. These dates have left this committee further puzzled. So writes Florinda Donner in this truly remarkable book. Her body was never found. Anton rated it liked it Dec 30, Alluding to stalkers she said: A work of anthropological fiction that reads like a personal journey of self-fulfillment from the complacent certainties of Western civilization to the mystical joys of a simpler community life that dispenses with all the gadgets and gewgaws for a more deeply human experience.

This proposal stated that she had already made a visit to this town.