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To Drink of Death: The Narrative of a Shuar Warrior
     

To Drink of Death: The Narrative of a Shuar Warrior

by Janet Wall Hendricks
 

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. Anthropologist Hendricks chanced to meet Tukup' during her fieldwork, and he accepted her

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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. Anthropologist 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.

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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:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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