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By Jonathan David Hill, Jean-Pierre Chaumeil

The first in-depth, comparative, and interdisciplinary research of indigenous Amazonian musical cultures, Burst of Breath showcases new study at the dynamic variety of formality energy and social importance of assorted wind instruments—including flutes, trumpets, clarinets, and whistles—played in sacred rituals and ceremonies in Lowland South the US.

The editors supply a close evaluate of the ancient importance, clinical class, shamanic and cosmological institutions, and altering social meanings of formality wind tools inside of Amazonian cultures. those essays current a large viewpoint that is going past better-documented components comparable to the higher Xingu and northwest Amazon. the various authors discover the methods ritual wind tools are used to introduce average sounds into social contexts and to move barriers among verbal and nonverbal verbal exchange. Others examine how ritual wind tools and their track input into neighborhood definitions and negotiations of kinfolk among males, ladies, kinfolk, insiders, and outsiders.

Closely contemplating those tools of their many jobs and contexts—in curing and purification, negotiating relatives, connecting mythic ancestors and people today—this quantity finds the facility and complexity of the tune on the center of collective rituals throughout lowland South the US.

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Journal of Latin American Lore 11, no. 2: 143–75. ——— . 1986. ” América Indígena 46: 189–218. Gilij, Felipe Salvador. 1987[1782]. Ensayo de historia americana, vol. 2. Caracas: Biblioteca de la Academia Nacional de la Historia. Goldman, Irving. 1963. The Cubeo Indians of the Northwest Amazon. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. Graham, Laura. 1986. ” In Native South American Discourse, ed. Joel Sherzer and Greg Urban, 83–118. The Hague: Mouton de Gruyter. ——— . 2002. “How Should an Indian Speak?

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Master chanters (malikái limínali) are referred to as “blowers” (sopladores) in regional Spanish, and they refer to their ritual art as “to blow 20—hil l and chaum e il tobacco smoke” (ínyapakáati dzéema). It is through the exhalation of audible, visible breaths that the invisible power of spirit beings named in sacred singing and chanting is “materialized” and brought to bear on people, food, tools, and the rest of the experiential world. A more recent study of instrumental music among the Wayãpi of French Guiana (Beaudet 1997) took this idea a step further and was the first to explore the proposition that the prevalence of aerophones in Wayãpi rituals and ceremonies “is linked to other equally important breathing manifestations in the region, typically those related to shamanism” (Menezes Bastos and Piedade 2000: 151).

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