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

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-02-13
  • Publisher: Univ of Illinois Pr
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This volume offers the first theoretical and experiential translation of Napo Runa mythology in English. Michael A. Uzendoski and Edith Felicia Calapucha-Tapuy present and analyze lowland Quichua speakers in the Napo province of Ecuador through narratives, songs, curing chants, and other oral performances, so readers may come to understand and appreciate Quichua aesthetic expression. Guiding readers into Quichua ways of thinking and being--in which language itself is only a part of a communicative world that includes plants, animals, and the landscape--Uzendoski and Calapucha-Tapuy weave exacting translations into an interpretive argument with theoretical implications for understanding oral traditions, literacy, new technologies, and language. A companion websiteoffers photos, audio files, and videos of original performances illustrates the beauty and complexity of Amazonian Quichua poetic expressions.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction. What Is Storytelling?p. 1
Somatic Poetry: Toward an Embodied Ethnopoeticsp. 23
Primordial Floods and the Expressive Bodyp. 41
The Iluku Myth, the Sun, and the Anacondap. 58
Birds and Humanity: Women's Songs (with the Assistance of Mark Hertica)p. 79
The Twins and the Jaguarsp. 100
The Cuillurgunap. 135
The Petroglyphs and the Twins' Ascentp. 157
Cosmological Communitas in Contemporary Amazonian Musicp. 172
Conclusionp. 197
Notesp. 205
Appendix. Contents of the Website and Description of the Mediap. 213
Referencesp. 223
Indexp. 239
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