To Drink of Death: The Narrative of a Shuar Warrior

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The Shuar people of southeastern Ecuador are famous for their fierce independence, their long resistance to conquest...and their practice of shrinking heads. Among the members of this warlike tribe, the name Tukup is held in great respect as both a warrior and a shaman. His exploits are known throughout the Upano Valley and the interior, and he is even mentioned by name in books, always with a reference such as "the famous Tukup." So fearful is his reputation that children of his enemies are warned to behave or ...
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The Shuar people of southeastern Ecuador are famous for their fierce independence, their long resistance to conquest...and their practice of shrinking heads. Among the members of this warlike tribe, the name Tukup is held in great respect as both a warrior and a shaman. His exploits are known throughout the Upano Valley and the interior, and he is even mentioned by name in books, always with a reference such as "the famous Tukup." So fearful is his reputation that children of his enemies are warned to behave or else "Tukup will come and get you." Anthropologist Janet Wall Hendricks chanced to meet Tukup during her fieldwork, and he accepted her invitation to tell his life story. That account, presented here, provides a valuable look at the Shuar - and their enemies, the neighboring Achuar - from the perspective of one of the last surviving warriors of a region long torn by intertribal conflict. Tukup shares details of his youth and violent life yet studiously avoids some facts that would shed light on his own identity - conflicting views persist concerning whether he is Shuar or Achuar - in what may be an effort to perpetuate his legend and the power it gives him. Because Tukup told his story in the presence of family and friends, his motivations and stylistic embellishments necessarily entered into the telling. Hendricks therefore utilizes discourse-centered analysis to explore how a variety of linguistic and paralinguistic devices, as well as cultural and personal historical contexts, shape the narrative. Her study thus extends culturally centered discourse analysis to encompass the individual in a particular culture.

"Discourse-centered approach to Shuar life history presents an autobiography of a Shuar warrior, and provides a discussion of Shuar speech events and their linguistic, cultural, and situational contexts. Given the paucity of anthropological studies of individual life narratives in lowland South America, work is an important contribution"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.

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Tukup' was one of the last warriors of the fierce Shuar (also called Jivaro) tribe of southeastern Ecuador when Hendricks was doing anthropological field work there during the 1980s. At her request he recounted his life story, in a single uninterrupted narrative, surrounded by his family and friends. The free translation is followed by chapters on narrative and performance style, lexical and grammatical choice, self-image, the function of repetition, and other elements. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780816513536
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1993
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 6.45 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Figures
Acknowledgments
Orthography and Transcription
1 Introduction 1
2 Free Translation of Tukup's Narrative 31
3 Shuar Speech and Narrative Style 85
4 Narrative Introduction 105
5 Self-Image and the Narrative Event 143
6 Forms and Functions of Reported Speech 169
7 Self-justification Through Lexical and Grammatical Choice 195
8 Poetic and Rhetorical Functions of Repetition 217
9 Performance Style and Its Representation 245
10 Final Episodes and Conclusions 275
Notes 295
Bibliography 301
Index 311
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