Healing Covid-19 in the Brazilian Northwest Amazon: A discourse-centered exploration of Indigenous peoples’ perspectives

dc.contributor.advisorEpps, Patience L.
dc.creatorRovin, John D.
dc.date.accessioned2021-05-17T15:47:37Z
dc.date.available2021-05-17T15:47:37Z
dc.date.issued2021-05-07
dc.description.abstractOf the many questions which the Covid-19 pandemic has provoked, one of the biggest is “When will life be normal again?” On top of assuming that the pre-pandemic status quo has no challengers, it begs the question of who might want to forge a new normal on their own terms. Building off of that question, this paper embarks on a case study of how Indigenous peoples in the Upper Rio Negro of the Northwest Amazon have drawn upon shamanism and also reaffirmed its validity alongside “Western medicine” during the pandemic. To this end, I use a discourse-centered approach to analyze how incantations, a genre of shamanic discourse unique to the Upper Rio Negro, have not only been used to treat Covid-19 but also made numerous appearances in digital media/journalistic coverage of the pandemic. Ultimately, I argue that the both subtle and overt references to incantations made by many Indigenous scholars and shamans in the Upper Rio Negro reflect how shamanism in the region involves myriad socio-political obligations, which may be invoked to forward self-determination.en_US
dc.description.departmentAnthropologyen_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2152/85719
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.26153/tsw/12670
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.relation.ispartofHonors Thesesen_US
dc.rights.restrictionOpenen_US
dc.subjectUpper Rio Negroen_US
dc.subjectdiscourse analysisen_US
dc.subjectincantationsen_US
dc.subjectCovid-19en_US
dc.subjectIndigenous peoplesen_US
dc.titleHealing Covid-19 in the Brazilian Northwest Amazon: A discourse-centered exploration of Indigenous peoples’ perspectivesen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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