The history of the ancestors punished by fire

La historia de los antepasados castigados con fuego

Object Details

Subject LanguageKuna, San Blas
Language PID(s)ailla:119499
Title [Indigenous]Tatkan sooki wilesat
Language of Indigenous Titlecuk
TitleThe history of the ancestors punished by fire
Language Community
Place CreatedKuna Yala and Darien, Panama
Date Created1977-12-02
Description [Indigenous]
Language of Indigenous Description
DescriptionThe history of the ancestors punished by fire. In Kuna mythology or sacred history there are a number of episodes in which errant humanity is punished by God by flood, fire, and other punishments (see Chapin 1989, Nordenskiöld et al. 1938).

The speaker, Sakla (Chief) Gonzalo Salcedo of the village of Niatupu or Tigantiki, recorded a number of narratives, cosmological descriptions, and elaborate metaphors from the chiefly tradition called Pap Ikar (Father's Way). The initial recording was of an unstaged teaching session in which Chief Salcedo instructed another village leader. In each of the subsequent recordings, made between the early 1970s and the mid-1990s, Chief Salcedo narrated one historical/mythological episode, one set of didactic metaphors, or one aspect of Kuna cosmology. The narratives were spoken into the tape recorder privately at home, without a Kuna audience, but the manner of the narration was almost identical with that used in the initial teaching session and in other teaching sessions that were not recorded. For one of the narratives, the Story of Inananatil (analyzed in Howe & Hirchfeld, 1981), Chief Salcedo was also recorded chanting the story in the gathering house of Ukkuppa village in 1975, offering an opportunity to compare the spoken and chanted narratives.
Source Notereel 5.3
Contributor(s) Individual / RoleSalcedo, Gonzalo (Speaker)
Howe, James (Researcher)
Contributor(s) Corporate / Role

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