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The Ecology of the Spoken WordAmazonian Storytelling and Shamanism among the Napo Runa$
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Michael A. Uzendoski and Edith Felicia Calapucha-Tapuy

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036569

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036569.001.0001

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What Is Storytelling?

What Is Storytelling?

(p.1) Introduction What Is Storytelling?
The Ecology of the Spoken Word

Michael A. Uzendoski

Edith Felicia Calapucha-Tapuy

University of Illinois Press

This introductory chapter first sets out the book's purpose, which is to present a theoretical and experiential translation of Napo Runa mythology and music. It seeks to translate myths and songs so that readers can get a better appreciation for the beauty and complexity of Amazonian Quichua poetic expressions. The chapter then turns to a discussion of storytelling, defined as the complex whole of telling stories, artful descriptions of and about life that involve past, present, and future happenings, happenings that also including mythological transformations and experiences. The remainder of the chapter covers the theoretical foundations of the present analysis as well as the translation methodology used. It concludes with an overview of the subsequent chapters.

Keywords:   Napo Runa mythology, Napo Runa music, Amazon, Quichua, storytelling, translation

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