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The Curse of Nemur : In Search of the Art, Myth and Ritual of the Ishir.

Author/Creator:
Escobar, Ticio.
Publication:
Pittsburgh PA : University of Pittsburgh Press, 2007.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (326 pages)
Edition:
1st ed.
Series:
Pitt Illuminations Ser.
Pitt Illuminations Ser.
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Subjects:
Chamacoco Indians -- Religion.
Chamacoco Indians -- Rites and ceremonies.
Chamacoco mythology.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Summary:
The Tomáraho, a subgroup of the Ishir (Chamacoco) of Paraguay, are one of the few remaining indigenous populations who have managed to keep both their language and spiritual beliefs intact. They have lived for many years in a remote region of the Gran Chaco, having limited contact with European or Latin American cultures. The survival of the Tomáraho has been tenuous at best; at the time of this writing there were only eighty-seven surviving members. Ticio Escobar, who lived extensively among the Tomáraho, draws on his acquired knowledge of Ishir beliefs to confront them with his own Western ideology, and records a unique dialogue between cultures that counters traditional anthropological interpretation. The Curse of Nemur--which is part field diary, part art critique, and part cultural anthropology-offers us a view of the world from an entirely new perspective, that of the Ishir. We acquire deep insights into their powerful and enigmatic narrative myths, which find expression in the forms of body painting, feather decoration, dream songs, shamanism, and ritual. Through dramatic photographs, native drawings, extensive examination of color and its importance in Ishir art, and Escobar's lucid observation, The Curse of Nemur illuminates the seamless connection of religious practice and art in Ishir culture. It offers a glimpse of an aesthetic "other," and in so doing, causes us to reexamine Western perspectives on the interpretation of art, belief, and Native American culture.
Contents:
Intro
Contents
List of Illustrations
Foreword
Translator's Introduction
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter 1. The Great Myth
Chapter 2. Feathers and Featherwork
Chapter 3. Corporal Painting
Chapter 4. The Rite
Chapter 5. The Path of the Shamans
Chapter 6. The History
Notes
Works Cited
Index.
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2021. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
Contributor:
Johnson, Adriana Michele Campos.
Taussig, Michael T.
Other format:
Print version: Escobar, Ticio The Curse of Nemur
ISBN:
9780822973096
9780822942931
OCLC:
891383859