Wilbert, Johannes. Warao oral literature

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Objetives And Methods

The Ethnological Setting

Tales Of The Winikina-warao

Tales Of Origin

Kanobo Dibunai

Our Forefather (1) Said

Warao Hakitani

To Be Warao



Warao Tida Mana Wahabutu

The Roasted Indian And His Two Wives

Hoa Hakitani

To Be A Chant

Hekunu Hakitani

To Have Fire

The World Around

Hebu Muida

Spirit Big-eye

Neburatu Kwamuhu

The Young Man And The Skull


The Sun

Hobahi Eku

In The Earth

Naba Eku

In The River

Naba Nonate

He Will Make The Rivers

Hobahi Eku

On The Land

Ohidu Hakitani

To Be Moriche Palm

Bisi Hakitani

To Be Bisi Wood



Tales Of Men And Women

Tida Kwabuai Huba

The Woman Pregnant With A Snake

Tida Simo

Honey Woman

Simo Hakitani

To Be Honey

Arahe Araka

The Older Brother And The Younger Brother

Neburatu Muana


Naku Warao

The Indian And The Monkey Woman


The Old Ones


Old Woman

Tidaidamo Anatoro Sanuka Ha

The Old Woman And Her Granddaughter


The Old Woman

Yari Anamonina

Changed Into Anger

Iboma Anohi Taira

The Young Woman With The Stiff Thighs

Warao Tida Manamo Ha

The Indian Who Had Two Wives

Mokototo Aubutu

Mokototo's Lover

Mokototo Hakitani

To Be Hollow


Young Girl

Wata Behoro

Dog's Member

Tales Of Enemies And War


The Red-eyes Ones (carib Indians)


Young Man



Tales Of Animals



Muhu Yawanane

Broken Bone

Ekuya Hese

Concerning It



Ibure Anamonina

Changing Into Peccary





Domu Tokoyo

Tokoyo Bird

Hue Hakitani

To Be Stingaree

Ahia Ahobahi

The Land Upstream

Ahia Ahobahi

The Land Upstream


The Women

Trickster Stories

Koneho Tobe Amoho Niarabaka Ai Nisanai

Rabbit Gets A Jaguar's Paw And A Crocodile's Tooth





Koneho Tobe

Rabbit And Jaguar

Koneho Tobe

Rabbit And Jaguar

Tobe Koneho

Jaguar And Rabbit



Tobe Aisia Hese

Concerning Jaguar

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Publication Information The main body of the Publication Information page contains all the metadata that HRAF holds for that document.

Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Warao oral literature

Published By: Original publisher Caracas: Editorial Sucre. 1964. 199 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Johannes Wilbert

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Warao (SS18)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Literature (538); Literary texts (539);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This collection of Warao folk tales (De-Nobo) was gathered in a period of five weeks in 1954; the main informant was the chief-priest of the Winikina Warao who inhabit the central part of the Orinoco Delta in Venezuela. Each story is presented in the Warao language (transcribed phonemically) and followed by the English translation of Dr. Henry Osborn. The tales are divided into sections dealing with various subjects such as: Tales of Origin, Tales of Men and Women, Tales of Animals, Tales of Enemies, etc. Various versions of the same tale are often given.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 5

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. ss18-005

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English and Warao (Macro-Chibchan)

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 199)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1954

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Amal Vinogradov ; 1965

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1954

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Winikina Warao, Orinoco Delta, Venezuela

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Warao Indians


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