Made from Bone

Made from Bone : Trickster Myths, Music, and History from the Amazon

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Made-from-Bone provides the first complete set of English translations of narratives about the mythic past and its transformations from the indigenous Arawak-speaking Waku\u00e9nai of southernmost Venezuela. The central character throughout these primordial times is a trickster-creator, Made-from-Bone, who survives a prolonged series of life-threatening attacks. Carefully recorded and transcribed by Jonathan D. Hill, these narratives offer scholars of South America and other areas the only ethnographically generated cosmogony of contemporary or ancient native peoples of South America.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 158 x 232 x 20mm | 521.63g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 2. Aufl.
  • 0252033736
  • 9780252033735

About Jonathan David Hill

Jonathan D. Hill is a professor in the Department of Anthropology at Southern Illinois University and the author of Keepers of the Sacred Chants: The Poetics of Ritual Power in an Amazonian Society.show more

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"An absorbing journey through the mythic history and musicscapes of the Wakuenai people. Jonathan D. Hill masterfully captures the sensuous and poetic dimensions of Wakuenai narratives while highlighting their enduring engagement with the events, struggles, and uncertainties of modern life. A painstakingly assembled Amerindian bible complete with its own hardcore exegesis." Fernando Santos-Granero, Smithsonian Tropical Research Instituteshow more