The Warao: natives of the Orinoco Delta
Caracas: Deparemento de Antropología, Instituto Venezolano de
Investigaciones Científicas, 1968. HRAF MS: i, 228 leaves [Original: xi,
311 p.]: ill.
María Matilde Suárez
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
HRAF, 2000. Computer File
Topography and geology (133);
Reviews and critiques (114);
General tools (412);
Normal garb (291);
Mats and basketry (285);
Food preparation (252);
Kinship terminology (601);
Rule of descent (611);
Shamans and psychotherapists (756);
Sacred objects and places (778);
Magical and mental therapy (755);
Literary texts (539);
This study presents a well-rounded ethnographic description of the
Warao living in the Orinoco Delta. The author begins her study with
introductory material on the geographical characteristics of the Delta, and on
field work conditions in the area, then reviews the ethnographic literature
relative to the Warao (with particular emphasis on the studies of Wilbert).
Following this is the main body of the work dealing with economy, social and
political organization, and magico-religious life. Concluding the work is an
appendix that includes phonetic and musical transcriptions of five Indian songs
(translated into Spanish) and a collection of Warao drawings. This work serves
as a valued complement to other documents in this file and is particularly
useful for its contemporary (1960s) data.
Document ID: ss18-031
English translation from Spanish
Translation of: Los Warao:indígenas del
delta del Orinoco. The original Spanish text is not included.
Includes bibliographical references (p.
Translated for the HRAF files by Sydney Muirden.
John Beierle ; 1985