International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs
In this important work, Beatriz Huertas Castillo offers an objective yet human vision of the current situation of the indigenous groups in isolation in Peru. Drawing on extensive fieldwork, and interviews with people living in areas neighboring these isolated groups, she presents solid evidence of their existence, their geographic areas of migration, their cultural and linguistic diversity and their considerable numbers. She also provides a thorough review of various bibliographic sources, compiling into just one book the relevant observations and details that are to be found scattered through out historic documents, scientific publications and obscure or unpublished sources. This book offers historic and anthropological perspectives from which to understand the fragility of the isolated indigenous groups in the face of contact with wider society.