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Victims and WarriorsViolence, History, and Memory in Amazonia$
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Casey High

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039058

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039058.001.0001

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Becoming Warriors

Becoming Warriors

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(p.50) Chapter 2 Becoming Warriors
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Victims and Warriors
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Casey High

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039058.003.0003

This chapter examines how Waorani youth talk about and perform past violence in ways that contradict the “victim's point of view” often expressed in stories told by elders. It considers how colonial imagination of Amazonian “warriorhood” has in certain contexts come to define Waorani relations with kowori people. The chapter also shows how the warrior performances of Waorani youth in local school events and state-sponsored folklore festivals reveal the generational and embodied dimensions of memory in urban intercultural encounters. The imagery of violence and “wildness” can be seen in the social categories and processes of historical “ethnogenesis” that emerged in the first centuries of colonialism. This chapter explains how the aucas (“wild Indians”) are portrayed in the colonial imagination in relation to other indigenous peoples of Amazonia.

Keywords:   violence, Waorani youth, warriorhood, aucas, colonial imagination, Waorani, kowori, warrior performances, memory, wildness

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