Suzanne Oakdale

Editor, Journal of Anthropological Research

Photo: Suzanne Oakdale

Sociocultural and Linguistic Anthropology

At UNM since 
Curriculum vitae

Recent Courses:

  • Cultures of the World (ANTH 130)
  • Indigenous Peoples of South America (ANTH 332/532)
  • Ritual and Symbolic Behavior (ANTH 333/530)
  • Theory of Symbolic Action (ANTH 536)
  • Life History Methods and Approaches (ANTH 540)
  • Theory in Ethnology II (ANTH 547)


BA (cum laude), University of Chicago (1985)

MA, University of Chicago (1987)

PhD (with distinction), University of Chicago (1996)
Dissertation: “The Power of Experience: Agency and Identity in Kayabi Healing and Political Process in the Xingu Indigenous Park”


Sociocultural anthropology, ritual, ontology, religion, personhood and agency, autobiographical narrative, historical consciousness, the anthropology of disability, Amazonia, Brazil, US.

Podcast: Amazonian Cosmopolitans Navigating a Shamanic Cosmos, Shifting Indigenous Policies, and Other Modern Projects with Dr. Suzanne Oakdale

Listen to the Podcast here

Recent Publications:

Oakdale, Suzanne.  Amazonian Cosmopolitans: Navigating a Shamanic Cosmos, Shifting Indigenous Policies, and Other Modern Projects. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2022.

Oakdale. “Speaking through Animals: Kawaiwete Shamanism and Metalinguistic Play.” Language and Communication vol. 63:57-64, 2018.

Oakdale and M. Watson, eds. “The Diversity of the Modern in Amazonia.”  Special issue, Journal of Anthropological Research, vol. 74 (1),2018.

Oakdale. “’Brazil’s March to the West’: Memories of an Indigenous Shaman and other ‘Moderns.’” Journal of Anthropological Research. vol. 74 (1):54-73, 2018.

Oakdale. ”The Role of Photography in the Colonization of the Brazilian Interior:  Kawaiwete Perspectives.” From Filmmaker Warrior to Flash Drive Shaman, Richard Pace, ed.  Pages 158-174.  Nashville:  Vanderbilt University Press, 2018. 

Oakdale, ed.  “Special Issue in Honor of Terence Turner.”  Special issue, Tipití:  Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America, vol. 14 (2), 2017.

Oakdale.  "I Foresee my Life": The Ritual Performance of Autobiography in an Amazonian Community. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2005.