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Author Basso, Ellen B., 1942-

Title A musical view of the universe : Kalapalo myth and ritual performances / Ellen B. Basso
Published Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, 1985
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 343 pages 10 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
Series University of Pennsylvania publications in conduct and communication
University of Pennsylvania publications in conduct and communication.
Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- Illustrations -- Tables -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Guide to Pronouncing Kalapalo Words -- Chapter 1. Introduction: Meaning Constructed Through Performance -- Chapter 2. Narrative Performances and Discourse Structures -- Chapter 3. Myth as an Explanatory Mode -- Chapter 4. Sound as Symbol: Orders of Animacy -- Chapter 5. The Government of Grief -- Chapter 6. Fantasies of Erotic Aggression -- Chapter 7. Saturated with Music, Submerged in Sense -- Appendix 1: Transcribing and Translating -- Appendix 2: Kwambi Songs (as sung by Kambe) -- Appendix 3: Songs Called "Birding" (itolotepe) (as sung by Kudyu, Ugaki, Tsarjaku) -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index -- Index of Myths
Summary A Musical View of the Universe is a study of the relationships between spoken myth and musical ritual in a native Brazilian community, the Carib-speaking Kalpalo of the Upper Xingu Basin. The book focuses on the meanings created and expressed through performance of artistic processes in which sound symbols provide a unifying interpretive matrix. Through sound symbols, Kalpalo ideas about types of beings, their relationships, and activities of mind are conceived, represented, and rendered apparent. The book includes the first collection of South American Indian narratives translated directly from the original language from taped performances. Ellen B. Basso's translations take into account the interaction among participants in the storytelling situation and the qualities of narrative performance that result
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 333-336) and index
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Subject Apalakiri Indians -- Folklore.
Apalakiri Indians -- Music.
Apalakiri Indians -- Rites and ceremonies.
Discourse analysis, Narrative -- Brazil -- Xingu River Valley.
Folklore -- Brazil -- Xingu River Valley.
Rites and ceremonies -- Brazil -- Xingu River Valley.
Genre/Form Folklore.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1512819654 (electronic bk.)
9781512819656 (electronic bk.)