The term ‘animal borders’ refers to both the border between
humans and animals and to that which demarcates the former according
to stances toward the latter. The practices toward animals among
the G|ui foragers inspire fundamental reflection on ‘animal borders’.
Their mythical characters are personified animals. An invisible agency,
translated as ‘to be affected’, permeates the G|ui everyday life. A complex
code of food regulation is associated with this effect. Violating the
taboo on specific meat may lead to madness that causes the imitation of
animals. The G|ui pay particular attention to the messages from many
ornithic species. The following ethnographic descriptions confirm the
continuity of the G|ui corporeality with animal existence and further
show the potentiality of metamorphosis. This scope requires a new
understanding of ‘naturalism’.