The roaming of manoki life

André Lopes

During the life of the Manoki people, several phases follow and, with them, certain tasks become more or less common, daily or even essential. However, there is a permanent itinerancy in most of these activities: hardly anyone is dedicated to a single activity over a long period of time. "Sickened" by the repetition of certain daily tasks, people stop temporarily dedicating themselves to the most varied tasks. Despite the temporary abandonment of some activity, the possibility of re-engaging in the same renounced occupation always remains open. Unlike an idea of specialization or professional stability, roaming seems to bring with it an ideal of a person characterized by a certain "productive erudition", a know-how of many things necessary during life, and which could be translated by the expression "taka ' a "(the one who knows).