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Author McDowell, John Holmes, 1946-

Title "So wise were our elders" : mythic narratives of the Kamsá / John Holmes McDowell
Published Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, ©1994
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 285 pages) : maps
Contents Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; Preface; 1. The Making of a Mythology; 2. Kamsá Mythic Narrative; 3. Prelude; (m1) kaka tempo (The Raw Time); 4. The Wangetsmuna Cycle; (m2) wangetsmunabiama (About Wangetsmuna); (m3) wangetsmunabiana (About Wangetsmuna); 5. Tales of the Ancestors; (m4) shatxemungabiana (About the Red Dwarfs); (m5) buyesh ndweñobe parlo (The Tale of the River Master); (m6) shbwayungabiama (About the Hunters); (m7) saina kotxebiana (About the Wild Pigs); (m8) ngwayejemabiana (About the Poor Scabby One); (m9) binyeabiana (About the Wind); (m10) binyeabiana (About the Wind)
(M11) uta xexonatemabe parlo (The Tale of the Two Little Children)(m12) bngabe taitabe parlo (The Tale of Our Father); (m13) jwisio (The Judgment); 6. Tricksters and Suitors; (m14) koñeshbiana (About the Rabbit); (m15) iyendonabiama (About the Squirrel); (m16) mamaxbe parlo (The Tale of the Weasel); (m17) mashangola; (m18) koskongobiama (About the Owl); (m19) shloftxebiama (About the Sparrow); (m20) murselakobiana (About the Bat); (m21) gavilanbiama (About the Hawk); (m22) tobiaxbe parlo (The Tale of the Young Woman); (m23) tsubkwatkwatjobiama (About the Rainbow)
(M24) osobiama (About the Bear)(m25) alegra osobiama (About the Lively Bear); (m26) juan oso (John the Bear); 7. Tales of the Spirit Realm; (m27) ngwebubebiama (About the Water Birds); (m28) welajbiama (About the Witch); (m29) tondor welajbiama (About the Earthen Witch); (m30) wamben taitabe parlo (The Tale of the Father-in-Law); (m31) salteadorbiama (About the Robber); (m32) Ia mina de oro (The Gold Mine); 8. Aftermyth; References; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; V; W; Y; Z
Summary ""So wise were our elders!"" Thus exclaims Mariano Chicunque, himself an elder, expressing in a single phrase the thrust of the mythic narrative tradition he simultaneously presents and represents in his storytelling. A remarkable body of mythology is documented for the first time in this volume. John Homes McDowell's study revolves around thirty-two mythic narratives of the Kamsá Indians who live in the Sibundoy Valley of the Colombian Andes, collected by the author from several renowned Kamsá storytellers. Each myth is given in the native language with parallel English translations that seek
Analysis Camsa language Grammar
Camsa language Texts
Camsa mythology
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-277) and index
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Subject Camsa language -- Texts
Camsa language -- Grammar
Camsa mythology.
Camsa language -- Grammar.
Camsa language.
Camsa mythology.
Kamsa (langue) -- Grammaire.
Kamsa (langue) -- Textes.
Mythologie Kamsa.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Folklore & Mythology.
Genre/Form Texts.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0813155665