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Professional Track Faculty, University of Maryland

Javier Carrera Rubio

Javier Carrera Rubio is from Madrid, Spain. He completed his undergraduate degree in History and Geography with a specialization in Americanist Anthropology at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (1995).  He received his PhD in Anthropology (2005) from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Since 1990, he has been working among the Native American Yanomami in the Upper Orinoco, (Amazonas State) Venezuela, serving as an anthropology advisor to the Yanomami association, SUYAO (Shaponos Unidos Yanomami del Alto Orinoco), the Upper Orinoco Biosphere Reserve Project for the Venezuelan Ministry of Environment, and the Yanomami Health Plan for the Venezuelan Ministry of Health. Most recently, he has been a visiting research collaborator in the Center of Anthropology at the IVIC (Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research). He is now an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Maryland, College Park and Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with the Recovering Voices Program, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Since 2015, he has worked for the Yanomami Education Program with the NGO The Good Project.

Research Interests: My research interests focus on exploring Yanomami mythical narratives and leaders' speeches from a perspective that combines an ethnopoetic and a dialogical approach in order to elucidate different aspects of the social world of the Yanomami. My aim is to expand and refine this type of approach to the study of Yanomami verbal arts. I am currently working with various Yanomami teachers in an education project focused on language documentation and revitalization in association with the NGO The Good Project, and with Yanomami intercultural and bilingual schools of the Upper Orinoco (Amazonas state, Venezuela).

Featured Publications

2015  (with H.Caballero and Yheicar Bernal) “El paso a paso en la conformación de los Consejos Comunales (Guía didáctica bilingüe Español-Yãnõmami) Consejo Comunal wama thë kopeprapë pëhi, enaha wamaki niyã thouhuprou kupropë.” Ediciones IVIC, Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas


2012  “Problemas de la Poética Yanomami: Ver, Leer, y Escuchar las Voces de un Mito desde la Vida Cotidiana” (Problems with Yanomami Poetics: Seeing, reading and listening to mythical voices from daily life), Antropológica Tomo LVI nº 117-118:175-215


2011  “Participación Política y Cambios Culturales en el Pueblo Yanomami” (Political Participation and Cultural Changes among Yanomami people), in El Estado ante a Sociedad Multiétnica y Pluricultural: Políticas Publicas y Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas en Venezuela (1999-2011), (Ed. Luis Bello), Wataniba/IWGIA series Derechos Indígenas, Venezuela, pp. 218-27

CV: CarreraRubioCV.pdf

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