Dr Elizabeth Ewart

Elizabeth Ewart

Associate Professor in the Anthropology of Lowland South America

Fellow of Linacre College

Director of Graduate Studies

Anthropology of Lowland South America, Brazil, indigenous peoples, Amerindian cosmology, material anthropology, body arts, the social significance of everyday practices.

Elizabeth Ewart is university lecturer in the anthropology of Lowland South America. She obtained her PhD from the London School of Economics, University of London in 2000. Her research is with indigenous people in Central Brazil where she has lived and worked with Panará people. Her doctoral research focused on Panará concepts of self and other by examining the relationships between Panará people and other indigenous groups of the area as well as non-indigenous people.

She has a long-standing interest in the material and visual aspects of Amerindian lived worlds, including body adornment, beadwork, garden design and village layout and is also interested in the anthropology of everyday practices, such as child rearing and gardening.

Elizabeth served as the Head of the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography between 2018 and 2021.


Email: elizabeth.ewart@anthro.ox.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1865 274685

Current DPhil students
Selected publications


Ewart, E. 2018 ‘Appropriation, imitation and creation: glass beadwork among Panará people’ in S. Bunn (ed.) Anthropology and Beauty: From Aesthetics to Creativity, London: Routledge pp. 403-417


‘Coisas com as quais os antropólogos se preocupam: grupos de descendência espacial entre os Panará’, Revista de Antropologia 58 (1), 2015, pp. 199-221

‘Categories and consequences in Amazonia’, In P. Dresch and J. Scheele (eds) Legalism: rules and categories, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015, pp. 205-230.


‘Standing leaned-together: review of Walker, H. 'Under a Watchful Eye'’, Anthropology of this Century 9 (January), 2014.


Space and Society in Central Brazil by Elizabeth Ewart

‘Demanding, Giving, Sharing, and Keeping: Panará Ideas of Economy’, The Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, Special issue: 'Commodities, Exchange and Outsiders in Indigenous South America' 18 (1), 2013, pp. 31-50.

Space and Society in Central Brazil: A Panará Ethnography, 2013, London: Bloomsbury (LSE 

 Monographs on Social Anthropology).


‘Making and Unmaking Panará Beadwork—Or, How to Overcome the Fixity of Material Things’, Anthropology and Humanism 37 (2), 2012, pp. 177-190.



‘Seeing, Hearing and Speaking: Morality and Sense among the Panará in Central Brazil. Ethnos, 73 (4) December, 2008, pp. 505-522.


Black paint, red paint and a wrist watch: the aesthetics of modernity among the Panará of Central Brazil in Body Arts & Modernity, Elizabeth Ewart & Mike O'Hanlon (eds), 2007, Sean Kingston Publishing: Wantage. 

Body Arts and Modernity, 2007, Sean Kingston Publishing: Wantage.


‘Fazendo pessoas e fazendo roças entre os Panará do Brasil Central’, Revista de Antropologia 48 (1), 2005, pp. 9–35.


‘Lines and circles: images of time in a Panará village’, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 9 (2), 2003, pp. 261-279.