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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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(p.197) Conclusion
The Ecology of the Spoken Word

Michael A. Uzendoski

Edith Felicia Calapucha-Tapuy

University of Illinois Press

This book was concerned with discussing how Quichua speakers use storytelling to make sense of experience and create poetic, spiritual relations among people, ecology, and the larger world they inhabit. The authors tried to convey not just the stories but also the stories behind the stories. This concluding chapter summarizes in detail the stories and different Amazonian Quichua genres presented in this book and their relations, the flow of materials and the story within. It argues that somatic poetry—the thread that ties together all the materials in this book—is a shared philosophy of life and art that connects the individual life to the history of a community and its landscape. It also calls for a more nuanced and sympathetic treatment of the communicative practices of other cultures, different forms of textuality, and the poetic power of the multimodal bodily expressions.

Keywords:   Amazonian Quichua mythology, music, Napo Quichua storytelling, spiritual relations, somatic poetry

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