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The Ecology of the Spoken Word: Amazonian Storytelling and Shamanism among the Napo Runa

Michael A. Uzendoski and Edith Felicia Calapucha-Tapuy


This book offers the first theoretical and experiential translation of Napo Runa mythology in English. It presents and analyzes lowland Quichua speakers in the Napo province of Ecuador through narratives, songs, curing chants, and other oral performances, so readers may come to understand and appreciate Quichua aesthetic expression. Like many other indigenous peoples, the Napo Runa create meaning through language and other practices that do not correspond to the communicative or social assumptions of Western culture. Language itself is only a part of a communicative world that includes plants, ... More

Keywords: Napo Runa mythology, lowland Quichua, Ecuador, Napo province, narratives, songs, curing chants, oral performances, oral tradition, language

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780252036569
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036569.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael A. Uzendoski, author
Flacso Ecuador

Edith Felicia Calapucha-Tapuy, author