DOBES Archive

This is a nzürna story set in the village of Firra. Nzürna stories are a widespread genre in the Morehead Region. They bear some resemblance to European witch-stories, the spirit being called nzürna is always female, she is described as a dangerous and capable of killing people, she lives away from people usually in the forest. In this particular nzürna story she is actually getting along well with the people of Firra until she kills and devours a man. After finding out about this, the people from Firra kill her with magic. The narrator comes from the village of Firra. But as most people from this village, he has moved to Morehead about 10 years ago. Firra is now used as a garden place. It about 15km to the South of Morehead. The speaker is sitting outside of his house in Morehead facing towards the West.
Basabu keneya is about the origin of a kene which was first applied to the dead bodies of a Cashinahua called Basabu and his brother-in-law who was an Inca. The two had died in a competition where each tried to kill the other with venomenous animals etc. The argument had started because Basabu's younger brother provoked the Incas who had come to visit the Cashinahuas after the two brothers had paid a visit to their sister living among the Incas.
The protagonist of the narrative is an old woman.
This narrative tells how a man learns the function of the human sexual organs by observing monkeys having sex.
Maria tells the myth about the origin of the ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic drink. The hero' s name is Yube.
Marcelino describes the traditions of the Brazilian and the Cashinahua people. Marcelino imitates the way of the Brazilian to speak the Cashinahua language. He also talks about the Cashinahua language and the rituals such as txidin, katxa nawa, buxka wa, buna wa.
A story about a short man named Kukufia,two children and their father.
This narrative tells the life of an unlucky hunter.
Miguel tells Eliane the ancient funeral rituals of endocannibalism.
Marcelino describes how he founded Colombiana in the late 1980's. Then he tells Eliane how Filomeno met the Maxiku at the Upper Curanja, when he once went upriver to catch tortoises. And finally, he talks about the contemporary Cashinahua way of living.
Raimunda describes how the endocannibalism ritual happened inside the collective house (maloca).
Xenipabu_Hiwea (00 :14 :53.000) Alicia Puricho conta como era a vida antigamente, na época da maloca. Diz não ter visto porém havia escutado contar como viviam. Enfatiza muito o sofrimento das pessoas por não terem mosquiteiro e que era dificil dormir com os insetos que picavam o corpo. Comenta da sujeira da rede por ficar perto do chão e da fumaça do fogo. Conta também que não haviam roupas naquela época e que organizam o rito de iniciação, nixpu pima. Canta alguns trechos de nixpu pima (00 :09 :50.000, 00 :10 :13.000 ; 00 :12 :54.000)