By Peter Gow
Uniting the ethnographic information gathered via the fieldwork equipment invented through Malinowski with Levi-Strauss's analyses of the kinfolk among fable and time, this booklet analyzes a century of social transformation of the indigenous Piro humans of Peruvian Amazonia. it really is an enormous contribution to anthropological debates at the nature of historical past and social swap, in addition to on overlooked parts similar to fable, visible artwork, and the methodological concerns thinking about fieldwork and archival facts.
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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! ian both laugheel heartil y at thi8 joke.
Julian replied with a story about a Campa woman he Imew, who lived on the Tambo river to the west of Santa Clara, and who drank avahuasca mixed with manioc beer. Artemio was incredulolls and 38 A Piro Myth in its Conlext A Piro Myth in its Context drug. 3 laughed, but Julian assured him that this was the best way to take the Julian went em to criticize the local ayahuasca, and to praise the higher quality of the drug useel by the people from the Tambo river, his kinspeople. Pleased that the conversation was turning away from my ignorant story anel its unforeseen consequences, I told them that some years befóre, taking tahuasca in a tiny Campa village in the Gran Pajonal area, far to the west beyond the Tambo river, I had lhe experience of f1ying under the earth and seeing great cities lit up in the darlmess below me.
Vargas elied in 1940, just as the regiol1 was about to experience a major change. First, the price of rubber shot up again, colIapsed again, anel was followed by a I'apiel anel continueel increase in the price of tropical hardwooels. 17 Vargas's ex-slaves began to work lumber, in some cases as minor bosses in their own right, anel moveel off the haciendas to founel new independent villages. Such was the case of Maximiliano Gorelón anel Pucani vilIage. The new cconomic opportunities also brollght in immigrants from other areas of sllch as Mauricio Fasabi.
An Amazonian Myth and Its History (Oxford Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology) by Peter Gow