Heinen, H. Dieter. Oko Warao: marshland people of the Orinoco Delta

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Part I Kahobahi: Our Land

1 Oko Warao: We Are Marshland People

2 Hoida Nobo Mate Yaotaya: The Yearly Cycle

3 Inawahasika Aru Yakera: The Sago Starch Cycle

Part Ii Kahanoko: Our Village

1 Ine Soboroho Arotu : Growing Up In The Moriche Palm Groves

2 Buroho Eku: Trading With Trinidad, The “island” 3

Part Iii Kanahoro: Our Food

1 Traditional Foodstuff

2 Gathering Hoku Fish

3 Moriche Grubs

4 Gathering Moriche Palm Fruit, Ohi

5 The Crab Season, Hero

Part Iv Hotarao Nabakaya: Strangers Arrive

1 How The Criollos Settled In The Lower Delta

2 Ebe Yatamo Ure Ekida: Before The Introduction Of Taro

3 The Hoa Song Of Old Uboni

4 The Mission Boarding School

5 Bare Ahanoko: Life In The Mission School

Part V Kawarao: Our Kindred

1 Attitude Toward Female Children

2 A Marriage Is Arranged

3 Separation

4 Attitude Toward Wife

5 Getting A Tekoro Assistant

6 Traditional Relations Between In-laws

7 Mutual Help

8 A Load Of Fish Is Distributed

Part Vi Oko Ahokonamu Isaka: We Are Of The Same Ancestral Roots

1 The Isahi Shield Contest

2 Kakayuka Obononaha: Subtribal Divisions

3 A Village Splits Up

Part Vii Kanobo: Our Ancestor Spirit

1 How The Ancestor Spirit Kanobo Came To Winikina

2 Song To Give Tobacco To The Kanobo Ancestor Stone

3 The Fake Kanobo Stone

4 The Nahanamu Sago Ritual

5 Warao Shamans And Western Medicine

6 Hoa Curing Against Snake Bites

Part Viii Ama Hotarao Saba Yaotaya: Now We Work For Strangers

1 Ine Warao: The Story Of Recent Events

2 The New Money Economy

3 Credit From The Government Bank

4 Selling A Hammock

5 The Expensive Hammock

Part Ix Ama Orisaba Yaotaya: Now We Work For Ourselves

1 Orisaba Yaotamo: The Hobure Cooperative

2 Mataraya Dianahakotai: My Lost Fishing Net

Part X Kateribunoko: Our School

1 Our New School

2 Modern Schools

3 Sending Children To School

4 School Versus The Palm Groves

5 Today's Warao Children

Part Xi Oko Warao Sanera: We Warao Are Poor

1 Rápida Kahanoko Kayatabaya: A Criollo Delegation Visits A Warao Village

2 Kobenahoro Karata Inatabaya: Letter To The Head Of The Indian Commission

3 Baretuma Anawa: The Robe Of The Missionary Fathers

4 Voting

5 Polygyny Today

6 Tukubita Yata Naria: Visiting Tucupita

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Title: Oko Warao: marshland people of the Orinoco Delta

Published By: Münster: Lit, [1988]. 131 p.: ill., maps

By line: Heinz Dieter Heinen

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Warao (SS18)

Subjects: Life history materials (159); Collecting (222); Diet (262); Normal garb (291); Ethnic stratification (563); Magical and mental therapy (755); Shamans and psychotherapists (756); Eschatology (775); Sacred objects and places (778); Missions (797); Ethnosociology (829);

Abstract: '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 Number: 42

Document ID: ss18-042

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Maps on lining papers. Includes bibliographical references (p. 129-131) Maps on lining papers not included.

Field Date: no date

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: John Beierle ; 2000

Coverage Date: early 1900s-1980s

Coverage Place: Orinoco Delta, Venezuela

LCSH: Warao Indians


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