An Amazonian Myth and Its History (Oxford Studies in Social by Peter Gow

By Peter Gow

Uniting the ethnographic facts accrued by means of the fieldwork tools invented through Malinowski with Levi-Strauss's analyses of the kinfolk among delusion and time, this ebook analyzes a century of social transformation of the indigenous Piro humans of Peruvian Amazonia. it truly is an immense contribution to anthropological debates at the nature of background and social switch, in addition to on missed parts resembling fantasy, visible paintings, and the methodological matters concerned with fieldwork and archival info.

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No moral was maele, and no wider conclusion was drawn. Artemio simply signalled to his listeners that this story was finished. The story was over, and the conversation could return to its earlier of is a clue for a form of an Malinowski's litentry problem, and hence to my own. Píro mythic narratives are necessarily part of a stream of talk between people, anel part of their third dimension lies in knowing' more about the conversations in which they are told. Artemio told this story to me. To understanel it, therefore, req lIires more knowledge about Artemio, about mysel~ about that conversation, anel about that night.

They were slightly disappointed by my affirmation of the technical feasibilíty of trave! water, and Úlr more interested in my descriptions of the size and speed of craft used in intercontinental flights. They would say of my elescriptiol1s of Boeíng anel Iike, 'Ahh, so they are as big as this village! No! ' The Bajo Urubamba during the early was lhe scene of Íntel1se small plane trafas a consequence of the nascent cocaine traele. ' Force Buffaloes, flew over Santa Clara more 01' less weekly. Local were pleased to hear that these local aeroplanes were but a pale reflectíon of the ones habituaIly used by Local people were also intrigued by how such the largest anel 50 Telling Piro People about My Country After the brief attempt to do tieldwork in the up-river community of Sepahua, I decided to return to Santa Clara beca use, on parting, Artemio's mother Clotilde had askeel to me to come back.

Not knowing that social rclationships for local people were a matter of time and familiarity, I remained concerned by the S{lC[lcara rlll11ours. Still an essentialist with regaros to identities, I assumed thal local people must be essentialists too. 'Nas I still, at some levei, a sacacara in the eyes of the people of Santa Clara? What dio they think I was eloing there? Thus, when some months aher becoming my Artemio told me the myth, 'A lVian who went under the Earth', I experienced ir as a resolutíon of my problem: I was not a sczwcarcz, I was 'a man who was tired of living with his kinspeople' .

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