By Peter Gow
Uniting the ethnographic facts amassed by means of the fieldwork tools invented through Malinowski with Levi-Strauss's analyses of the kinfolk among delusion and time, this publication analyzes a century of social transformation of the indigenous Piro humans of Peruvian Amazonia. it's an immense contribution to anthropological debates at the nature of background and social swap, in addition to on ignored parts akin to delusion, visible artwork, and the methodological matters keen on fieldwork and archival info.
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Then we would have 3 Piro pcople consistently tolc! l in 1978. iondú, 'shaman'. This Piro word is sometimes used in Ucayalí Spanish discourse on lhe Bajo Urubamba. The Piro plural is kagonchine, 50 [have writteu it hcre as cfljundzis to mark it5 use as a loanword in Ucayali Spanish. About the same time, Dou Mauricio had also oflered lhe cxplanation that too many people IlOW had gnus, and hcnce had perseentcd the white-lipped pecearics tno mueh. Ioé (Piro, gayapa) is lhe olher ma in hallllcinogcn nsed OH the Bajo Uruhamha (8ee Ch.
49 A Piro MytJz in ils Contexl A Piro MVlh in iis Coniext Gorclón's dose kinspeople movec! to the other side of the river, to establish Mapchirja village (Piro, 'Anaconda River'), anel D011 J\llauricio anel Clotilde later moved near to them because of the constant fighting in Huau, fights which DOI1 Mauricio usually lost. Huau, as Artemio put it, was left they threw me out. But the likcd me, and suggested that 1 bccome a preachcr instead. She tolcl me to take a Bible-study conrse in (~lÍI()metro 15.
Whatever we might do, myths tend to end IIp looking tht when written down on paper, having been stripped of most of what made their original tellings so interesting. 'That is all there 15 to thi8 story': Artemio's laconic sign-off was typical of events of Piro myth telling. 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.