ERIC Number: ED047832
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970
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Folk Literature of the Warao Indians; Narrative Material and Motif Content.
The Latin American Center, University of California at Los Angeles, presents a collection of the folk literature of the "boat people," the Warao Indians of the Orinoco Delta of Venezuela and Guyana. According to Professor Johannes Wilbert and other anthropologists, "the inaccessibility of their habitat has preserved their tribal culture to this day. Their extraordinary oral literature, unwritten narratives passed on from generation to generation, is full of surrealistic adventures, fantastic spirit beings, scheming animals, and sly humorous stories of human weaknesses and passions. The narratives are a vivid documentation of Warao daily life, which revolves around the dugout canoes in which they travel, sleep, cook, eat, play, and finally are buried." Divided into 7 narrative groups, the 209 tales are classified by motif content. Included in the book are a table of motif distribution by motif group, a topical motif index, an alphabetical motif index, a glossary of uncommon words, and a bibliography. (EJ)
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indians, Anthropology, Books, Cultural Context, Cultural Influences, Folk Culture, Foreign Culture, Language Styles, Legends, Mythology, Speech Communication
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Latin American Center.