Performing Dreams: Discourses of Immortality Among the Xavante of Central Brazil
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.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Lino Tsere?ubudzi Shopping with His Son 14
a Federal Ministry Building 1980
Warodis Granddaughter Jacoro
11 other sections not shown
Other editions - View all
according activities age-set ancestors appear become began begin body brother called ceremonial collective composition continue created creation creators da-ņo?re dance descendants discourse discussion distinct dream elders entire example experience expressive fact faction follow formal FUNAI gathered going hear heard identity immortals individual initiation joined land leaders lines linguistic listen living male mature means meetings men's council moiety move myth narrative novitiates paint participants particular past pattern performance phrases Pimentel Barbosa plaza political position practice present receive refer relationship remain remember represent reserves returned Riridu senior sharing Sibupa singing social society song sound speak speaker speech sponsors stand story tape recorder telling thought tion told utterances village voices wapte Warodi whites women Xavante Xavante's young youths