Jonathan Hill | Anthropology | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

Jonathan Hill

Professor Emeritus



Research Interests

Ethnology, ecology, and history of Lowland South America; ethnomusicology and performance studies; symbolic and semiotic anthropology; nationalism and ethnicity; critical studies of culture, power, and history.


ANTH 410F Anthropology of Religion

ANTH 310E/470E People and Cultures of Latin America

ANTH 480 Senior Seminar

ANTH 482 Internship in Editorial Practice

ANTH 500D Theory and Method in Sociocultural Anthropology

ANTH 500E History of Anthropological Theory

ANTH 521 Seminar in Ethnology of Latin America

ANTH 560 Comparative Social Organization


The Archives of Indigenous Languages of Latin America (AILLA)


2002   Comparative Arawakan Histories: Rethinking Language Family and Culture Area in Amazonia. Jonathan D. Hill and Fernando Santos-Granero, eds. Univ. of Illinois Press.

2001   The varieties of fertility cultism in Amazonia: a closer look at gender symbolism in Northwestern Amazonia.  In Gender in Amazonia and Melanesia: An Exploration of the Comparative Method , edited by T. Gregor and D. Tuzin, pp. 45-68.  Univ. of California Press.

2000   Colonial transformation in Venezuela.  Ethnohistory 47:747-754.

1999   Nationalisme, Chamanisme et Histoires Indigenes au Venezuela. Ethnologie Française XXIX(3): 387-396. Special issue on “Ethnicité, Nation, Musées en Situation Post-Coloniale.” Gerard Collomb, Editor.

1999   Indigenous peoples and the rise of independent nation-states in lowland South America.  In The Cambridge History of Native Peoples of the Americas: South America, Vol. III, Part 2, edited by F. Salomon and S. Schwartz, pp. 704-764.  Cambridge Univ. Press.

1998   Language contact and ritual hierarchy: toward a comparative regional understanding of eastern Tukanoan and Arawakan ethnohistory.  In Historia y Etnicidad en el Noroeste Amazonico, edited by A. Zucchi and S. Vidal, pp. 143-162.  Universidad de los Andes y Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cientificas.

1998   Violent encounters: ethnogenesis and ethnocide in long-term contact situations.  In Studies in Culture Contact: Interaction, Culture Change, and Archaeology, edited by J. Cusick.  Center for Archaeological Investigations, Southern Illinois Univ.

1996   History, Power, and Identity: Ethnogenesis in the Americas, 1492-1992, edited by J. Hill.  Univ. of Iowa Press.

1994   Alienated targets: military discourses and the disempowerment of indigenous Amazonian peoples in Venezuela.  Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power 1:7-34.

1993   Keepers of the Sacred Chants: The Poetics of Ritual Power in an Amazonian Society.  Univ. of Arizona Press.