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The Last Cannibals: A South American Oral History

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Basso is a major figure in anthropology , working at the peak of her career. . . . The result is a view of Amerindian history that we seldom, if ever, get. The narratives fascinate by their strangeness and wonder as well as by their familiarity . . .

--Greg Urban, author of A Discourse-Centered Approach to Culture: Native South American Myths and Rituals

The Kalapalo are a Carib-speaking group of Brazilian Indians who live in the Alto (Upper) Xingu region around the headwaters of the Xingu River, a tributary of the Amazon. In this major discourse-centered study of their culture, Ellen Basso transcribes and analyzes nine traditional Kalapalo stories to offer important insights into Kalapalo historical knowledge and the performance of historical narratives within their nonliterate society.

The stories focus on the biographies of exceptionally powerful warrior bowmen. Basso uses these stories to explore how the Kalapalo remember and understand their history and what specific linguistic, psychological, and ideological materials they employ to construct their narratives.

This inquiry represents the first comprehensive study of Amazonian Indian ethnohistory using indigenous oral documents and the first attempt to understand, though indigenous discourse, the emergence of Upper Xingu society. It will be important reading in anthropology, linguistics, and South American studies.

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The Kalapalo are a Carib-speaking group of Brazilian Indians who live in the Alto (Upper) Xingu region around the headwaters of the Xingu River, a tributary of the Amazon. In this major discourse-centered study of their culture, Ellen Basso transcribes and analyzes nine traditional Kalapalo stories to offer important insights into Kalapalo historical knowledge and the performance of historical narratives within their nonliterate society. The stories focus on the biographies of exceptionally powerful warrior bowmen. Basso uses these stories to explore how the Kalapalo remember and understand their history and what specific linguistic, psychological, and ideological materials they employ to construct their narratives. This inquiry represents the first comprehensive study of Amazonian Indian ethnohistory using indigenous oral documents and the first attempt to understand, though indigenous discourse, the emergence of Upper Xingu society. It will be important reading in anthropology, linguistics, and South American studies.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780292708198
Author:
Basso, Ellen B.
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Author:
Basso, Ellen B.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Folklore
Subject:
Oral tradition
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Copyright:
Publication Date:
19950431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
335
Dimensions:
9.23x6.16x.87 in. 1.23 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The Kalapalo are a Carib-speaking group of Brazilian Indians who live in the Alto (Upper) Xingu region around the headwaters of the Xingu River, a tributary of the Amazon. In this major discourse-centered study of their culture, Ellen Basso transcribes and analyzes nine traditional Kalapalo stories to offer important insights into Kalapalo historical knowledge and the performance of historical narratives within their nonliterate society. The stories focus on the biographies of exceptionally powerful warrior bowmen. Basso uses these stories to explore how the Kalapalo remember and understand their history and what specific linguistic, psychological, and ideological materials they employ to construct their narratives. This inquiry represents the first comprehensive study of Amazonian Indian ethnohistory using indigenous oral documents and the first attempt to understand, though indigenous discourse, the emergence of Upper Xingu society. It will be important reading in anthropology, linguistics, and South American studies.
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