March 26, 2012:
I have the following bad news:
It was brought to my attention today by Prof. John Hoopes of the University of Kansas at Lawrence that Prof. Neil Whitehead has died on March 23rd.
Because of this, and in his memory, I have removed Whitehead’s interview from the archives and placed it for free download.
Published on: Nov 23, 2008
In this show we take a journey to the dark side – the dark side of shamanism – in our interview with Prof. Neil Whitehead, who was the victim of a Kanaima, or dark shaman attack in Guyana.
This show focuses on countering the New Age presentations of “shamanism” in western culture, and seeks to create balance, as well as educate about the dangers of dark shamanism – and the ignorance thereof.
Neil Whitehead is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He graduated from Oxford University in 1984 with a Ph.D. in Anthropology.
His books include:
Hans Staden’s True History: An Account of Cannibal Captivity in Brazil ed. By Neil Whitehead and Michael Harbsmeier, June 2008. Order: http://astore.amazon.com/gnosmedi-20/detail/0822342316
Terror and Violence – Anthropological Approaches (ed with Andrew Strathern and Pamela Stewart, Pluto Press), 2005. Order: http://astore.amazon.com/gnosmedi-20/detail/0745323987
In Darkness and Secrecy. The Anthropology of Assault Sorcery and Witchcraft in Amazonia. (ed. with Robin Wright) Duke University Press, 2004. Order: http://astore.amazon.com/gnosmedi-20/detail/0822333457
Dark Shamans. Kanaima and the Poetics of Violent Death. Duke University Press, 2002. Order: http://astore.amazon.com/gnosmedi-20/detail/0822329883