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date: 15 October 2019

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This chapter, which examines Amazonian lifeways and how seasonal variations affect people's lives, argues that the peasants in the Lower and Upper Amazon live with a river, rather than next to it and adapting to it. The river is a part of people's lives, not as an object to be controlled, but as though it were another form of life. According to Brazilian writer Euclides da Cunha, floodplain life is not an interaction between established entities, but a continuous interweaving of the activities of the people, river, plants, land, fish, and weather. From this anthropological perspective, the environmental features and social and economic processes are conjoined, making sociality and seasonality part of the same unfolding movement.

Keywords: Amazon, Amazonian lifeways, wetland sites, seasonal variations, floodplain, rivers

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