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Dance of the Dolphin
Author: Candace Slater

ISBN: 9780226761848
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 326
Published: 17 December 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.5 x 2.1
Description:
In folktales told throughout much of the Brazilian Amazon, dolphins take human form, attend raucous dances and festivals, seduce men and women, and carry them away to a city beneath the river. They are "encantados," or Enchanted Beings, capable of provoking death or madness, but also called upon to help shamanic healers. Male dolphins--accomplished dancers who appear dressed in dapper straw hats, white suits, and with shiny black shoes--reportedly father numerous children. The females are said to lure away solitary fishermen. Both sinister and charming, these characters resist definition and thus domination; greedy and lascivious outsiders, they are increasingly symbolic of a distinctly Amazonian culture politically, socially, economically, and environmentally under seige.
Candace Slater examines these stories in "Dance of the Dolphin," both as folk narratives and as representations of culture and conflict in Amazonia. Her engaging study discusses the tales from the viewpoints of genre, performance, and gender, but centers on them as responses to the great changes sweeping the Amazon today. According to Slater, these surprisingly widespread ...

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