Indian Music of the Upper Amazon

Indian Music of the Upper Amazon

Various Artists FW04458 / FE 4458

"The area designated by the vague term ‘Upper Amazon’ is actually incredibly extensive. The great Amazon system drains three million square miles of territory, or approximately half the South American continent. Some of its most remote tributaries, fed by melting glaciers in the Andes, originate less than eighty miles from the Pacific coast. Others extend upward into the highlands of Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. This vast area, flanking the eastern slopes of the Andean chain, embraces a bewildering number of Indian tribes, an almost unbelievable number of unrelated languages, and a series of tropical forest cultures that range from exceedingly simple and primitive to highly sophisticated and complex..."

Harry Tschopik, Jr.

"A área designada pelo vago termo “Alto Amazonas” é em realidade incrivelmente extensa. O enorme sistema fluvial amazônico drena um território de três milhões de milhas quadradas, aproximadamente metade do continente sul-americano. Alguns dos afluentes mais remotos se originam oito milhas da costa do Pacífico e são alimentados pelas geleiras dos Andes. Outros vem das regiões altas da Venezuela, Colombia, Equador, Peru e Bolívia. Nesta vasta área há um número de tribos indígenas, com um inacreditável número de línguas distintas, e uma série de tradições tropicais que variam de extremamente simples e primitivas as mais sofisticadas e complexas..."

Harry Tschopik, Jr.

"El vago término ‘Alto Amazonas’ designa, en realidad, un área increíblemente extensa. El enorme sistema fluvial amazónico drena un territorio tres millones de millas cuadradas, aproximadamente la mitad del continente suramericano. Algunos de sus más remotos tributarios, alimentados por los glaciares andinos, se originan a menos de ochenta millas de la costa pacífica. Otros provienen de las tierras altas de Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Perú y Bolivia. Esta vastísima área abarca un inmenso número de tribus indígenas, una casi increíble cantidad de lenguajes independientes, y una variedad de culturas que abarcan desde las extremadamente simples y primitivas hasta las más sofisticadas y complejas..."

Harry Tschopik, Jr.


Year Released 1954
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1954 Folkways Records

Genre(s) American Indian; World
Country(s) Brazil
Culture Group(s) Campa; Cocama; Shipibo; Shipibo-Conibo
Instrument(s) Bells; Drum; Flute; Panpipes; Vocals; Whistle
Subject(s) American Indian
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101 Fiesta Music Drum and male voices 2:16
102 Fiesta Drum Music Two drums, pan-pipes, male and female voices 1:45
103 Social Dance Music Flute solo 1:57
104 Traveling Music Bass drum, tap drum and flute 1:32
105 Girl's Puberty Rite n/a 2:16
106 Public Work Music Drum, flute, shouts, calls and whistles 2:49
107 Social Dance Music Three drummers 1:22
108 Work Song Solo male voice 1:22
109 Welcoming Drum Music Solo drum 1:06
110 War Song Solo male voice 2:27
111 Dance for Adolescent Girl Drum, blowing tubes, bells, shouts and laughter 1:43
112 Lullaby n/a 1:32
201 War Music Two drums, pan-pipes, male and female voices 1:50
202 Drinking Music Drum and female voices 1:14
203 Fiesta Dance Music Solo on pan-pipes of thirteen tubes 1:08
204 Fiesta Dance Music Solo on pan-pipes of five tubes 1:20
205 Game Lure Whistle Game lure whistle 0:45
206 Social Dance Music Bass and Trap drum performers with flute 2:20
207 Fiesta Drum Music n/a 1:13
208 Social Dance Music n/a 2:10
209 Social Dance Music n/a 1:12
210 Fiesta Music Drum, male and female voices 2:17
211 Public Work Music Two drummers 1:23
212 Animal Sacrifice Music Flute soloist 1:22
213 Funeral Music Chorus of female mourners 1:30
214 Fiesta Drum Music Bass and Trap drums performers 1:44
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