By Peter Gow
Uniting the ethnographic information gathered via the fieldwork tools invented by means of Malinowski with Levi-Strauss's analyses of the relatives among delusion and time, this e-book analyzes a century of social transformation of the indigenous Piro humans of Peruvian Amazonia. it's a huge contribution to anthropological debates at the nature of background and social switch, in addition to on overlooked components corresponding to fantasy, visible artwork, and the methodological concerns concerned about fieldwork and archival info.
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5). ' Artemio anel Ju! ian both laugheel heartil y at thi8 joke. llaughed less, since I was not sure I unelerstooel it, nor that I liked its implicatiolls. However, Artemio continueel on his theme, for he had obviously not lost interest in the whítelippeel peccarícs yet. He saiel, 'My mother says that the white-lipped peccaries have a chief, an owner. '. The reference was to the Dominican priest in charge of the mission centre of Santa Clara. Much likeel by most people in lhe village, he was also the target of many of their jokes.
Artemio's story here elegantly encapsulated the difference between the lives of Piro people and the in the registers of lmowledge and access to technological advances. 1 of (máquina). said. ' This awesome technical knowledge of the had a poignant meaning for Piro people. They felt acutely their dependence on the local patrrmes, 'white bosses', fix the things they needed but did not know how to make: salt, soap, c1othes, kerosene, petrol, shotguns, radios, cassette-players, and so on. To get these things, the the 'fine things' (Piro, gejnu), they had to enter into oppressive debt relations with their white bosses.
L in 1978. iondú, 'shaman'. This Piro word is sometimes used in Ucayalí Spanish discourse on lhe Bajo Urubamba. The Piro plural is kagonchine, 50 [have writteu it hcre as cfljundzis to mark it5 use as a loanword in Ucayali Spanish. About the same time, Dou Mauricio had also oflered lhe cxplanation that too many people IlOW had gnus, and hcnce had perseentcd the white-lipped pecearics tno mueh. Ioé (Piro, gayapa) is lhe olher ma in hallllcinogcn nsed OH the Bajo Uruhamha (8ee Ch. 5). ' Artemio anel Ju!