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The Ecology of the Spoken Word: Amazonian Storytelling and Shamanism among the Napo Runa

Michael A. Uzendoski and Edith Felicia Calapucha-Tapuy

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252036569
eISBN:
9780252093609
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252036569.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Latin American Cultural Anthropology

This book offers the first theoretical and experiential translation of Napo Runa mythology in English. It presents and analyzes lowland Quichua speakers in the Napo province of Ecuador through ... More


What Is Storytelling?

Michael A. Uzendoski and Edith Felicia Calapucha-Tapuy

in The Ecology of the Spoken Word: Amazonian Storytelling and Shamanism among the Napo Runa

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252036569
eISBN:
9780252093609
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252036569.003.0010
Subject:
Anthropology, Latin American Cultural Anthropology

This introductory chapter first sets out the book's purpose, which is to present a theoretical and experiential translation of Napo Runa mythology and music. It seeks to translate myths and songs so ... More


The Iluku Myth, the Sun, and the Anaconda

Michael A. Uzendoski and Edith Felicia Calapucha-Tapuy

in The Ecology of the Spoken Word: Amazonian Storytelling and Shamanism among the Napo Runa

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252036569
eISBN:
9780252093609
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252036569.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, Latin American Cultural Anthropology

This chapter shares the Iluku story and the origin of the sun story, two beginning-times transformations of celestial relations in Upper Amazonian Quichua mythology. In the first story, Iluku, the ... More


Birds and Humanity: Women’s Songs

Mark Hertica

in The Ecology of the Spoken Word: Amazonian Storytelling and Shamanism among the Napo Runa

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252036569
eISBN:
9780252093609
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252036569.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Latin American Cultural Anthropology

This chapter presents translations and interpretations of six women's songs that speak to the power of the feminine voice and the feminine soul. These songs feature feminine shape-shifting relations ... More


The Twins and the Jaguars

Michael A. Uzendoski and Edith Felicia Calapucha-Tapuy

in The Ecology of the Spoken Word: Amazonian Storytelling and Shamanism among the Napo Runa

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252036569
eISBN:
9780252093609
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252036569.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, Latin American Cultural Anthropology

This chapter employs the verse analysis method developed by Dell Hymes to analyze an Amazonian Quichua myth-narrative, “The Twins and the Jaguars,” from the province of Napo. The narrative's theme, ... More


Cosmological Communitas in Contemporary Amazonian Music

Michael A. Uzendoski and Edith Felicia Calapucha-Tapuy

in The Ecology of the Spoken Word: Amazonian Storytelling and Shamanism among the Napo Runa

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252036569
eISBN:
9780252093609
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252036569.003.0008
Subject:
Anthropology, Latin American Cultural Anthropology

This chapter describes the modern musical genre Runa Paju, a genre that features clever Quichua lyrics, electronic amplification, and eclectic use of instruments and musical styles. It focuses on the ... More


How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human

Eduardo Kohn

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780520276109
eISBN:
9780520956865
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520276109.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Theory and Practice

Can forests think? Do dogs dream? This book challenges the very foundations of anthropology, calling into question our central assumptions about what it means to be human—and thus distinct from all ... More


Soul Blindness

Eduardo Kohn

in How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780520276109
eISBN:
9780520956865
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520276109.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Theory and Practice

This chapter considers the general problem of how death is intrinsic to life. Hunting, fishing, and trapping place the Runa in a particular relationship with the many beings that make up the ecology ... More


The Living Future (and the Imponderable Weight of the Dead)

Eduardo Kohn

in How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780520276109
eISBN:
9780520956865
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520276109.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Theory and Practice

This chapter focuses on another enigmatic dream, that of a hunter who is not sure if he is the rapacious predator (who appears here as a white policeman) or the helpless prey of his oneiric prophecy. ... More


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