Eliran Arazi

Eliran Arazi is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Eliran is carrying out prolonged fieldwork among the indigenous Cabiyari of the Colombian Amazon. His research focuses on the relation between social evaluation and relations of power and hierarchy among group members, whose systems of beliefs, values, customs and modes of actions attest to a unique configuration of the distinction between nature and culture, which is markedly different from ours. Eliran uses the participant observation approach, whereby he learns the Cabiyari language and takes part in everyday activities, ceremonies, leisure activities and political gatherings. In addition, he interviews group members and documents their rich mythology. Beyond his contribution to regional, political and moral ethnography, Eliran wishes to pave the way to a comparative study of the conceptions of honor in societies with different conceptualizations of the nature-culture divide.