Suzanne Oakdale

Graduate Advisor, Ethnology; Editor, Journal of Anthropological Research

Photo: Suzanne Oakdale


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, personhood and agency, ritual and religion, autobiographical narrative; Amazonia, Brazil

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.