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Awajún Sound Recordings

Collection number: SCL 2016-06
Primary contributors:  "Viejo" Chávez (consultant), Brent Berlin (donor, researcher), Alberto Espejo (consultant), Ernesto Ankuash (consultant)
Additional contributor:  José Shimpukat (participant)
Language: Awajún
Dates: 1970-1979
Extent: 10 cassettes
Historical information: This collection consists of the field recordings produced by anthropologist Brent Berlin (PhD 1964, Stanford University) during his ethnozoological research among Chicham (also known as Jivaroan) peoples of western Amazonia in the 1970s. Research was conducted in the Cenepa and Santiago river drainages, two left-bank tributaries of the Marañón River, which joins with the Huallaga River to the northeast to form the Amazon. Chicham languages comprise a dialect continuum of five varieties -- Awajún (aka Aguaruna), Wampís (aka Huambisa), Achuar, Shuar, and Shiwiar -- that span the Ecuadorian-Peruvian border. Due to their relative isolation during the colonial and early national periods of Ecuador and Peru, Chicham languages at the outset of the 21st century remain some of the most vital of Amazonia, with several tens of thousands of speakers across all varieties. Metadata not in brackets derives from the original metadata on the cassette tapes. Metadata in brackets results from inspection of the recordings by archive workers.
Scope and content: Sixteen digitized recordings including whistle talk, curing ceremonies, traditional narratives, music, and a self-interview by the depositor
Repository: Survey of California and Other Indian Languages
Preferred citation: Awajún Sound Recordings, SCL 2016-06, Survey of California and Other Indian Languages, University of California, Berkeley, http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.7297/X2BP00SV