Amazonian worlds of other-than-human beings and the Apurina through the materiality of oral stories

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Virtanen , P K , Apurina , F & Facundes , S 2021 , ' Amazonian worlds of other-than-human beings and the Apurina through the materiality of oral stories ' , Multilingua , vol. 40 , no. 4 , pp. 565-582 . https://doi.org/10.1515/multi-2020-0078

Title: Amazonian worlds of other-than-human beings and the Apurina through the materiality of oral stories
Author: Virtanen, Pirjo Kristiina; Apurina, Francisco; Facundes, Sidney
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Indigenous Studies
University of Helsinki, Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies




Date: 2021-07
Language: eng
Number of pages: 18
Belongs to series: Multilingua
ISSN: 0167-8507
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/multi-2020-0078
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/334577
Abstract: This article looks at what origin stories teach about the world and what kind of material presence they have in Southwestern Amazonia. We examine the ways the Apurina relate to certain nonhuman entities through their origin story, and our theoretical approach is language materiality, as we are interested in material means of mediating traditional stories. Analogous to the ways that speakers of many other languages who distinguish the entities that they talk to or about, the Apurina make use of linguistic resources to establish the ways they interact with different entities. Besides these resources, the material means of mediating stories is a crucial tool to narrate the worlds of humans and nonhumans. Storytelling requires material mediation, and a specific context of plant substances. It also involves community meeting as a space of trust in order to become a communicative practice and effectively introduce the history of the people. Our sources are ethnography, language documentation, and autoethnography.
Subject: Amazonia
materiality
metamorphosis
oral history
trust
LANGUAGE
ANCESTORS
5143 Social and cultural anthropology
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