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Performing Dreams: Discourses of Immortality Among the Xavante of Central Brazil

Graham, Laura R.

Verlag: Univ of Texas Pr, 1995
ISBN 10: 0292727763 / ISBN 13: 9780292727762
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Verlag: Univ of Texas Pr

Erscheinungsdatum: 1995

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Inhaltsangabe: Over several centuries, the Xavante of Central Brazil have maintained an invincible sense of identity and feeling of control over historical processes, despite repeated invasions by colonists and settlers, capitalist commercial ventures, and most recently, an enormous government-sponsored agricultural project. In this discourse-centered study, Laura Graham explores how the Xavante use the ritual performance of myths and dreams to maintain their culture despite these disruptive forces. At the heart of the book is an extraordinary performance, in which a community elder tells his dream of an encounter with the creators. Graham analyzes the various components of his performance--narrative, myth-telling, song, and dance--and considers the entire community's participation in the preparations, rehearsal, and public performance of the dream, including their adaption to her presence and modern technologies. From this analysis, Graham demonstrates how the practice of myth-telling is an essential element in cultural continuity and the creation of social memory and how it also provides a kind of immortality for the myth-teller. Her findings will be of interest not only to students of South American cultures and linguistics but also to everyone intrigued by the role of myth and dreams in social life and social change.

Vom Verlag: This title has achieved the following prizes:

Chicago Folklore Prize, American Folklore Society and International Folklore Association

Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing, Society for Humanistic Anthropology, Honorable Mention

Hans Rosenhaupt Memorial Book Award, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Honorable Mention

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