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Author Oakdale, Suzanne.

Title I foresee my life : the ritual performance of autobiography in an Amazonian community / Suzanne Oakdale
Published Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2005]
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 206 pages) : illustrations, map
Contents The perils of living in the Xingu Indigenous Park -- The perils of new-style villages -- The self-conscious "Indian" -- The healing power of shamanic career narration -- Headmen's songs and the end of mourning -- The Kayabi life cycle and the development of a dialogic self -- The cosmic management of voices
Summary I Foresee My Life is a study of the ritual performances of the Kayabi, a Brazilian indigenous people, during the 1990s. Kayabi rituals are distinct in that they center on the autobiographical narratives of living people. Suzanne Oakdale discusses these autobiographical performances in the context of shamanic cures, mortuary rites, and political oratory. In each ritual, leaders describe how some of the dramatic environmental, economic, and political changes taking place in the Amazon have affected them. For example, the Kayabi have moved from a heavily colonized area to a reservation and as a result have had to address different facets of Indian identity, new forms of commodity consumption, residence patterns, and leadership
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-196) and index
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject Autobiography.
Discourse analysis, Narrative -- Brazil -- Parque Nacional do Xingu.
Kayabi Indians -- Biography.
Kayabi Indians -- Rites and ceremonies.
Kayabi Indians -- Social life and customs.
Shamans -- Brazil -- Parque Nacional do Xingu.
Parque Nacional do Xingu (Brazil) -- Social life and customs.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2004019554
ISBN 0803205139 (electronic bk.)
9780803205130 (electronic bk.)
(cloth ; alk. paper)
(cloth ; alk. paper)