Native Latin American Cultures through Their Discourse

Native Latin American Cultures through Their Discourse


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"These essays, most of them in the tradition of anthropological study of folklore, expand the current boundaries of the discipline and provide additional case studies to a growing literature in discourse analysis of oral performance."—Dan Ben-Amos

Authors examine weeping, double-talk, community-building, music, myth, humor and play, and concepts of time and history in various native Latin American communities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781879407008
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 03/22/1992
Series: Special Publications of the Folklore Institute, Indiana University Series
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

ELLEN B. BASSO is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. Her published work includes A Musical View of the University: Kalapalo Myth and Ritual Performances.

Table of Contents


Ellen B. Basso
Introduction: Discourse as an Integrating Concept in Anthropology and Folklore Research

Janet Wall Hendricks
Manipulating Time in an Amazonian Society: Genre and Event among the Shuar

Jane H. Hill
Weeping as a Meta-signal in a Mexicano Womans Narrative

Susan Paulson
Double-talk in the Andes: Ambiguous Discourse as a Means of Surviving Contact

John H. McDowell
The Community-building Mission of a Kamsa Ritual Language

Joel Sherzer
On Play, Joking, Humor, and Tricking in Kuna:
The Agouti Story

Jonathan D. Hill
Myth, Music, and History: Poetic Transformations of Narrative Discourse in an Amazonian Society

Ellen B. Basso
The Last Cannibal


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