Everyday enacting of agents through bodily simulation, voicing, and familiarization of artifacts among the Arabela (Peruvian Amazonia)

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  • Filip Rogalski Instytut Filozofii i Socjologii PAN

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.26881/etno.2020.6.05

Słowa kluczowe:

Amazonian ethnology, animism, perspectivism, familiarizing predation, reported speech, eponymy, ideophones

Abstrakt

The Arabela – a group of Zaparoan origin from the Peruvian Amazonia – often claim to adopt other (human and nonhuman) persons’ ways of performing actions, referring to things and expressing emotions. They do it through a variety of speech acts – from announcements of their own actions, to third-person comments about other people’s actions, to exclamations – and to accomplish various interactional ends (from avoidance to teasing). This paper shows that these different forms of enacting of others actualize a society consisting of human and nonhuman persons with different bodily ethograms, where relations between bodies and affects follow a scheme of familiarizing predation. Also, a specific concept of the Arabela agent emerges from this analysis, where the Other is individualized as a static ethogram of gestures and voices, while the speaking or acting subject has to prove his/her ability to singularize Others, using their presumably typical verbal expressions and actions. The ultimate goal of this paper is to stimulate reflection on the links between everyday interactions and ontologies in Amazonia.

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Filip Rogalski - Instytut Filozofii i Socjologii PAN

Social and cultural anthropologist, Assistant professor at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences. His main research interests include relations between humans and nonhumans, perspectivism, animism, Amazonian onomastics, as well as acquisition and transmission of animistic representations, particularly through everyday interactions. E-mail: f.rogalski@gmail.com

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Rogalski, F. (2021). Everyday enacting of agents through bodily simulation, voicing, and familiarization of artifacts among the Arabela (Peruvian Amazonia). Etnografia. Praktyki, Teorie, Doświadczenia, (6), 67–98. https://doi.org/10.26881/etno.2020.6.05