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.
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