A grammar of Kwaza by Hein van der Voort

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These ornaments are identical to the Huari ornaments photographed by Nordenskiöld (1915). 24. Or FUNASA, the Brazilian national health foundation. 25. I had the opportunity to note certain striking differences between the TubarãoLatundê reserve on the one hand and the Rio Branco and Rio Guaporé reserves on the other. In Tubarão-Latundê the native languages are all still quite alive, but many aspects of the traditional cultures have become obsolete. The situation on the Rio Branco and Rio Guaporé reserves can to a certain extent be considered as the reverse.

Part II of the present work contains a number of glossed and translated texts, of several different types. Outside of the fieldwork sessions, I learnt much about the language by accompanying Mario and others on hunting and fishing trips and work in the forest. Such occasions were ideal for collecting specific terminology relating to the local flora and fauna, both in Kwaza and in Aikanã. Many hours of linguistic sessions were devoted to verification and correction of the data from previous sessions.

Certain people would sometimes ask for a small loan, which I would usually give. Sometimes I would be asked for a contribution to reparations or petrol for the car. A more elaborated account of the setting and the period of fieldwork between 1995 and 1996 is to be found in van der Voort (1996a). Besides fieldwork in Rondônia, (archival) research was done in Belém in December 1994, in Cuiabá and Rio de Janeiro in October 1995, and in Belo Horizonte and Brasília in July 1996. During the remaining intervals I lived in the Netherlands, digitising and studying the Kwaza data.

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