DominiqueBuchillet is a researcher at the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement in
Paris, France and has realized investigations on shamanism and medicine among indige-
nous Desana and Tariano peoples in Upper Río Negro region since 1980. She has published
numerous articles on shamanism, indigenous concepts of health and illness, epidemics,
and interethnic contact.
Carlos Fausto is an associate professor and the chair of the Graduate Program in Social
Anthropology at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. His ﬁeldwork in Amazonia has
focused on the Parakanã, a Tupi-speaking people, and now among the Kuikuro, a Carib-
speaking people. He is the author of Os Índios antes do Brasil (2000) and Inimigos Fiéis:
História,GuerraeXamanismonaAmazônia (2001), which won the Brazilian Association
for Social Sciences prize for the best book of the year.
Michael J. Heckenberger is an assistant professor of Anthropology at the University of
Florida, Gainesville. He specializes in historical archaeology focusing on the nature and
development of late prehistoric social formations and the impact of Euro-American colo-
nialism in Amazonia. He is currently involved in ﬁeld research in the upper Xingu, south-
ern Amazonia, the central Amazon and Acre in western Amazonia. He is the coauthor of
Os Povos do Alto Xingu: Cultura e Historia.
Elsje Lagrou is a senior lecturer in the Graduate Program of Anthropology and Sociology
at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Her theoretical interests center on cosmology,
she has been conducting ﬁeld research among the Cashinahua in three villages located on
the banks of the Purus River in the Brazilian rainforest near the frontier with Peru. She has
published several articles in Brazil and abroad.
E.JeanLangdon is a full professor at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, in Floria-
nópolis, Brazil. Her research interests and publications center on shamanism, cosmology,