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TIM CLOUDSLEY

Honorary Lecturer in Sociology
Glasgow Caledonian University

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Research interests:  the interactions between indigenous communities and the ecology of the rainforest of eastern Peru, especially along the Urubamba and Ucayali rivers, and in western Brazil.  My work in the Peruvian rainforest began with an accidental confrontation in 1985 with the displacement of the Nahua from the headwaters of the Mishagua and Manu rivers due to the encroachment of lumbermen and Shell seismologists.  After writing reports on this for Survival International and others, my interest turned to the cultural survival of native groups generally, and to a study of shamanism.  I also did research on the historical and prehistorical influences of Amazonian myth, cosmology, and motifs upon coastal and Andean Peruvian civilizations.  Latterly I have worked on the human ecology of different social groups in the Amazon, on the sustainable modes of interaction between native groups and the rainforest ecology, and on the lessons to be learned from the latter by others.  Most recently I spent five months in the frontier region of western Amazonas, Brazil, on the rivers Javari and Curacao.

 

Pubications* and Papers delivered

 

Title Year
*Rainforest under Threat: Ecological Destruction, Ethnocide and Poverty in the Peruvian Jungle in New Ground, London, Winter
1986/8
*Shell's Search for Oil and its Effectson Natives in the Lower Urubamba Region of the Peruvian Jungle
Report for Survival International, London
1987
Fiestas in the Yearly Cycle among the Quechua Indians of Peru
Paper to the Conference on Feasts and Festivals, held by the Folklore Society and the Traditional Cosmology Society, University of Glasgow, March
1987
From Future through Present to Past: The Stream of Time
Paper to the Traditional Cosmology Society Conference on Time, Tense and Tempo, University of Edinburgh, April
1987
*Facing towards the Past: The Ideas of Walter Benjamin and Andean Indian Cosmological Conceptions in Shadow, Journal of the Traditional Cosmology Society, December
1987
Time and Myth in the Dialectic between Amazonian and Andean Worlds in Pre-Columbian Peru,
Paper to the Amerindian Cosmology Conference, held by the Traditional Cosmology Society, University of St Andrews, September
1987
*Las Fiestas Anuales de los Indios Quechuas in Anthropologica
No.6, Lima
1987
*La Busqueda de Petroleo de la Shell y sus Efectos sobre los Nativos en la Selva Peruana in Amazonia Peruana, Lima
1988
Time-reckoning, Myth and the Stars in the Amazon and Andes Paper to the Traditional Cosmology Society Conference on 'Sun, Moon and Stars as Time Markers', University of Edinburgh, November
1989
*El Curso de Tiempo: desde el futuro a traves del presente y hacia el pasado in Anthropologica, No. 7, Lima
1989
*Time and Myth in the Amazon and Andes of Peru in Shadow, Journal of the Traditional Cosmology Society, Junio
1990
Cultural Identity and Assimilation among the Panoan-speaking Natives of the Lower Urubamba,
Paper to the 47th International Congress of Americanists, New Orleans, USA, July
1991
*Summarized in Report on Classic Panoan Topics in Light of Recent Research, by Kenneth Kensinger in Five Hundred Years After Columbus: Proceedings of the 47th International Congress of Americanists, compiled by E. Wyllys Andrews V and Elizabeth Oster Mozzillo, pp 39-45, Tulane University, New Orleans,
Paper to the 47th International Congress of Americanists, New Orleans, USA, July
1994
The Shaman as Visionary Wanderer and Mediator Between the Community and the Supernatural
Public lecture in the programme on Mind Body and Spirit at the Theosophical Centre, Glasgow, November
1991
*Ethnocide or Indigenous Identity in the Peruvian Jungle? in Indigenous Affairs Copenhagen, No. 1, Jan/Feb/Mar also published as Etnocidio o identidad indigena en la selva peruana? in Asuntos Indigenas, Copenhagen, No.1, Jan/Feb/Mar
1992
Assertion of Indigenous Identity, or Ethnocide, in the Peruvian Rainforest? Paper to the Annual Conference of the Society for Latin American Studies, University of Southampton, April
1992
*Time, Myth and the Stars in the Amazon and Andes in Indigenous Affairs, Copenhagen, No. 3, Jul/Aug/Sept 1992 also published as *El Tiempo, los Mitos y las Estrellas en la Amazonia y los Andesin Asuntos Indigenas Copenhagen, No. 3, Jul/Aug/Sept
1992
Shamanism and the Sublime, or: Search for the Nuni, Paper for the Conference on 'The Sublime/the Beautiful/the Picturesque/and Landscape', at the University of Silesia Cieszyn, Poland, April
1993
Some Thoughts for an Ecological Sociology of the Peruvian Amazon, Paper for the Annual Conference of the Society for Latin American Studies, University of Swansea, March
1995
*Summarized in Report on Amazonian Issues Symposium by Mark Harris in SLAS Newsletter No. 51, April
1995
*El Tiempo y el Mito en la Dialectica entre los Mundos Amazonico y Andino en el Peru Precolombino Newsletter in Anthropologica No. 13, Lima
1995
*Some Thoughts for an Ecological Sociology of the Peruvian Amozon in Environmental Awareness Vol. 20, No.4, India, Oct. - Dec.
1997


Biography

Cloudsley, Tim, MA; British independent academic researcher and writer, poet, essayist, and short story writer resident in Colombia; formerly lecturer in Sociology at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland.


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