“Interlacing worldview and myth with song and story, [Hill] conveys on various levels his detailed knowledge of Wakuenai ways. . . . Enticing and evocative.”Journal of Folklore Research
Made from Bone: Trickster Myths, Music, and History from the Amazonby Jonathan D. Hill
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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 Wakuénai 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.
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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.
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