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

By Peter Gow

Uniting the ethnographic facts amassed through the fieldwork tools invented by way of Malinowski with Levi-Strauss's analyses of the family among delusion and time, this booklet 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 switch, in addition to on overlooked components equivalent to fantasy, visible paintings, and the methodological matters considering fieldwork and archival info.

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Pleased that the conversation was turning away from my ignorant story anel its unforeseen consequences, I told them that some years befóre, taking tahuasca in a tiny Campa village in the Gran Pajonal area, far to the west beyond the Tambo river, I had lhe experience of f1ying under the earth and seeing great cities lit up in the darlmess below me. ' They smiled, and seemed 10 be surprised both by my account of the visiol1 and by my questÍon. Artemio told me that the old people, Iike Old Shantako and his own father, say that this is so, that the 'shamans',4 visit the underworld and see people down there.

He also ran their political anel sociallives. w/e', 'OUI importall! man, our leader'. 47 16 Undoubtcdly, l11ally could umlcrstand anel speak Spanish, but \Vere alí-aid of 50 speaking to unknown whÍles. Varg-as also seems to have activcly prevcnted their contaet wilh other white people (see Gow 1991: 47-8). Iapsed again as Ihey were relaken. The opening o[ the r ,ima-l'llcallpa highwa)' in 1943. will1 US 1il18ncing for obvious stnllcg-ic reaSOl1S, ma de Um)'ali valley 11l11lber casier lo exporl, anel Ihercfóre chcapcr.

11 the upper Huau river with his own team, financed by a neighbouring vvhite boss. It was a project fraught with diffículties anel uneertainties. Earlier, in his young aclulthoocl, he had pursued other plans, attempting by turns to become a bilingual schoolteacher and then a preachcr. These plans, whieh had f~lilcd, had brought him into considerable contact with By 1982, however, he seemed to be changing his ideas about them. Artemio was headman (Ucayali Spanish, jejé) of the Comunidad Nativa of Santa Clara.

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