Hup Collection of Howard Reid

Colección Hup de Howard Reid

Object Details

Collection LanguageHup
Language PIDailla:119685
Title [Indigenous]
Language of Indigenous Title
TitleHup Collection of Howard Reid
United Kingdom
Collector(s)Reid, Howard
Depositor(s)Reid, Howard
Project/Collector Website
Description [Indigenous]
Language of Indigenous Description
DescriptionA guide for this collection is available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

This is a multimedia collection focusing on the Hupd’äh people of the Northwest Amazon. The Hupd’äh people are a small Indigenous society of hunters and gatherers who traditionally live in the forests between the Tiquié and Papuri rivers in northwestern Brazil. This group has been known by several names that appear throughout this collection, including Hupd’äh, Hupda, Hup, and Maku. The last of these refers to several distinct populations in the region (some wholly unrelated to the Hupd’äh), and is now generally considered pejorative.

Most of the materials in this collection was collected or created by Howard Reid during trips to Hupd’äh communities between the Tiquié and Papuri rivers of the Upper Rio Negro region of the Brazilian Amazon. After completing his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Cambridge University in 1979, Reid worked as a documentary filmmaker and non-fiction author, producing works on the Hupd’äh as well as other topics.

The materials in this collection correspond primarily to Reid’s field trips to Hupd’äh communities between 1973 and 1976, when he lived among the Hupd’äh people and gathered information for his doctoral thesis. Other portions of the collection include collections of digitized slides produced during visits to other regions of South America (visits to Desano communities near the Hupd’äh in 1973, a trip along the San Juan River in Colombia in 1974, and a visit to a Hodï community in Venezuela in 1993), and a few documents Reid produced based on his research.

A few materials in this collection were collected by others. Principally, these are a collection of drawings made by Hup people, a small set of documents from FUNAI, the Fundação Nacional do Índio or National Indian Foundation of Brazil) a few maps gathered by Reid from various sources, and a set of maps tracing movements of Hup people created by Ana Gita Oliveira based on information from Reid’s research.

The collection includes digitized audio cassettes of Hup stories, some of which have been transcribed, translated, and/or analyzed by Reid either in his thesis or in the digitized transcription notebooks found in this collection. The collection also contains a large number of digitized images including drawings made by Hup people, photographic slides and a few digitized photographs taken by Reid that depict life in Hupd’äh, Desana, Hodï, and Chocó regions.

The collection has:
• 10 WAV audio files totaling 6 hours 45 minutes
• 234 TIF images
• 29 PDF files totaling 1782 pages
• 6 JPG images

Most of the materials in this collection are public, however a small amount of materials (in folders identified as "Restricted") are not public.

The preservation of this collection was supported by the grant PD-260978 Archiving Significant Collections of Endangered Languages: Two Multilingual Regions of Northwest South America from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed herein do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.