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Describes the ever-increasing penetration of the majority culture among the Guahibo (eastern Colombia).
Describes their economic system and shows how this penetration has affected their views of the value of the person versus the value of money and possessions. Recounts three historical periods of Guahibo economic and social life: when people were of ultimate value; the early stages when Guahibos began to know money and the disorientation it caused; and the recent years where money and possessions are essentia and the value of people have become less important. Details the confusion and difficulties that resulted from this melding of two cultures. Was originally printed in Spanish in 1984 as El Valor de la Persona en la Economía Guahibo.
Marcelino Sosa was born to Guahibo parents in 1938. He experienced many difficulties from this mixing of cultures. He has been very active in leadership of the Guahibo community and served as a representative to the Colombian government since the early 1970s. This book was translated into English by Walter del Aguila, who worked in Latin America with the Summer Institute of Linguistics.
Appendix 1: Glossary of Spanish and Guahibo Words
Appendix 2: Guahibo Poetry