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Singularity on the margins: autobiographical decolonial writings among the shuar of Ecuadorian Amazonia

Buitron, Natalia and Deshoulliere, Gregory Alexandre (2019) Singularity on the margins: autobiographical decolonial writings among the shuar of Ecuadorian Amazonia. Tipití, 16 (2). ISSN 1545-4703 (In Press)

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Abstract

Inspired by Stephen Hugh-Jones’s suggestion of a fit between Tukanoan writing genres and their sociocultural systems, in this article we explore Shuar autobiographical writings in light of Chicham (Jivaroan) individualism. By exploring first-person—nonpatrimonial—texts that have received much less attention in the regional literature, the article contributes to theorizing a different way of transmitting tradition: one focused on individual praxis rather than on collective patrimony. Through the analysis of three autobiographical texts, we show how their authors appropriate writing to construct singularity, or distinct “paths of individuation”: the personal story of resistance of a schoolteacher, the exemplary life course of a visionary leader, and the claim to sainthood of an exceptional shaman.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://digitalcommons.trinity.edu/tipiti/
Additional Information: © 2019 Digital Commons @ Trinity
Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PM Hyperborean, Indian, and Artificial languages
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2019 12:03
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2019 23:10
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/101441

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