Heinen, H. Dieter
Oko Warao: marshland people of the Orinoco Delta
Münster: Lit, . 131 p.: ill., maps
Heinz Dieter Heinen
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
HRAF, 2000. Computer File
Life history materials (159);
Normal garb (291);
Ethnic stratification (563);
Magical and mental therapy (755);
Shamans and psychotherapists (756);
Sacred objects and places (778);
'Oko Warao' consists of a series of narratives dealing with life in
the lower Orinoco Delta of Venezuela from approximately the early 1900s to the
1980s. These narratives were told to the author (and recorded on tape) by elders
from the Winikina and Wayo areas of the traditional Warao heartland. Each of the
narratives discusses a topic of special interest to the informant. These stories
were supplemented by footnotes and background information supplied by the editor
to fill gaps that the narrator himself found too self-evident to explain. Topics
discussed in this work describe the annual cycle, foods, the gathering and
preparation of sago, relations with the Criollos (Venezuelans of white, Indian
and black parentage), kinship and marriage, shamanism and medicine, the KANOBO
or ancestor spirits, socio-cultural change and acculturation, Warao-missionary
relations, and education.
Document ID: ss18-042
Maps on lining papers.
Includes bibliographical references (p.
Maps on lining papers not included.
John Beierle ; 2000