Extraordinary Peace

Thomas Gregor
Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology
Vanderbilt University
September 16 – 3:30p – Silsby 113

In the heart of Brazil along the Upper Xingu River 19 indigenous ethnic communities live at peace, even though separated by different languages and dialects.  In the midst of war-like cultures in Amazonia and elsewhere, what has sustained this exceptional peace?  This presentation, the culmination of field research among the Mehinaku and other Xingu peoples, presents a solution which leads to broad questions about the human condition, our own experience with aggression and the possibilities of peace.