Animal Tales from the Caribbean

Animal Tales from the Caribbean

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These twenty-one animal tales from the Colombian Caribbean coast represent a sampling of the traditional stories that are told during all-night funerary wakes. The tales are told in the semi-sacred space of the patio (backyard) of homes as part of the funerary ritual that includes other aesthetic and expressive practices such as jokes, song games, board games, and prayer. In this volume these stories are situated within their performance contexts and represent a highly ritualized corpus of oral knowledge that for centuries has been preserved and cultivated by African-descendant populations in the Americas. Ethnomusicologist George List collected these tales throughout his decades-long fieldwork amongst the rural costenos, a chiefly African-descendent population, in the mid-20th century and, with the help of a research team, transcribed and translated them into English before his death in 2008. In this volume, John Holmes McDowell and Juan Sebastian Rojas E. have worked to bring this previously unpublished manuscript to light, providing commentary on the transcriptions and translations, additional cultural context through a new introduction, and further typological and cultural analysis by Hasan M. El-Shamy. Supplementing the transcribed and translated texts are links to the original Spanish recordings of the stories, allowing readers to follow along and experience the traditional telling of the tales for themselves.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 16mm | 530.7g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 11 b&w illus., 1 map
  • 0253029376
  • 9780253029379

About George List

George List (1911-2008) was Director of the Archives of Traditional Music at Indiana University in Bloomington from 1954 until his retirement in 1976. He is credited with helping to develop the Ethnomusicology Program at Indiana University and establishing the Archives of Traditional Music as a major holding of recorded sound. Among his many important research projects was the work he did in Colombia, studying traditional music in peasant communities in Atlantic coastal Colombia. His published works include Music and Poetry in a Colombian Village: A Tri-Cultural Heritage (IUP).John Holmes McDowell is Professor of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University. He is author of !Corrido! The Living Ballad of Mexico's Western Coast and Poetry and Violence: The Ballad Tradition of Mexico's Costa Chica, and co-author of Inga Rimangapa Samuichi: Speaking the Quechua of Colombia. He is editor of Special Publications of the Folklore Institute, and also of the Journal of Folklore Research Reviews.Juan Sebastian Rojas E. is Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University. He has conducted research about Afro-Colombian musical traditions, music and conflict transformation, the institutionalization of traditions, the culture industries, and musical archivistics. Currently he is working on a research project about local musics and peacebuilding in Northern Colombia.show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Cuentos Costenos...Editors' Introductory EssayGeorge List's IntroductionThe Stories 1. Martara2. The Little Goat3. Of Aunt Vixen with Uncle Jaguar4. The Excursion of Rabbit5. The Pig Who Made Much Fun of the Donkey6. A Humorous Tale of Rabbit7. When Jaguar Wanted to Fight with Rabbit8. The Man9. Uncle Rabbit and Aunt Jaguar's Seven Children10. Uncle Rabbit and Uncle Alligator11. The Rabbit Who Wanted to be the Largest Animal in the World12. The Cunning of Rabbit13. The Saddling of Jaguar14. When Rabbit Lost15. Uncle Rabbit's Field16. Rabbit and Vixen's Saloon17. The Man Who Gathered Honey18. The Quarrel Between Cock and Vixen 19. The Marriage of Monkey and Frog20. Uncle Rabbit's Ears21. When the Sun Baptized the BatTypology and Cultural Analysis / Hasan M. El-ShamyAgradecimientos Cuentos Costenos...Ensayo Introductorio de los Editores Introduccion de George ListLos Cuentos 1. Martara2. El chivito3. De Tia Zorra con Tio Tigre4. La excursion del Conejo 5. El puerco que se burlaba mucho del burro6. Chiste de Conejo7. Cuando Tigre quiso pelear con Conejo8. El hombre9. Tio Conejo y los siete hijos de Tia Tigra10. Tio Conejo y Tio Caiman11. El conejo que queria ser el hombre mas grande del mundo 12. La astucia de Conejo13. La ensillada de Tigre 14. Cuento en que Conejo pierde15. La roza de Tio Conejo 16. La cantina de Conejo y Zorra 17. El sacador de miel 18. La querella de Zorra con Gallo19. El matrimonio de Machin con Rana20. Las orejas de Tio Conejo 21. Cuando el sol bautizo al murcielagoIndexshow more