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Lucas Bessire’s long-term presence among the Ayoreo Indians, who are regarded as one of the most recently contacted ethnic groups and live in dire conditions at the border between Bolivia and Paraguay, put him in the delicate position of intermediary between this population and the local nongovernmental organizations representing it before international agencies. As conflictive relationships developed between native leaders and their self-proclaimed advocates, the question soon became one of legitimacy and relevance as multiples discourses, including those of missionaries, ranchers, government officials, and the indigenous peoples themselves, expressed the supposed needs and will of the Ayoreo. More specifically a...

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