Essay on Ethnography, Kuna Arts And Shamanism

737 Words Apr 17th, 2016 3 Pages
Ethnography is defined as a scientific description of people and their culture. Fortis choice to title his ethnography, Kuna Arts and Shamanism, because a lot of the artifacts discussed in his ethnography for the Kuna people can be considered forms of art that are used for shaman practice. An example of art that the Kuna people practice is the nuchukana, which is also referred as nuchu. The nuchukana are can only be made by males as traditional sacred practice of the Kuna culture and these artifacts can range in shape, size and style. Art is defined as an expression of human creativity that produces apparition for its emotional power. Nuchu statutes are seen as protectors from evil and helpers of the Kuna people. “She told me the story of each one and what type of wood they were carved from. She said that with them in the house she felt secure. They protect all her family by keeping away dead people souls and demons.” (Fortis 2012: 67) This woman that Fortis was interviewing is expressing her emotional connection to the nuchu as western would express their own emotion connection to say a da Vinci panting. Each nuchu carving is unique and produced to have the family feel as this woman above felt, protected.
Furthermore, nuchukana aid shamans in curing and diagnostic rituals and can protect a household from mischievous spirits. These nuchu are formless in spirtit and can only speak to a shaman or none shamens through thier dreams. (Fortis 2012: 2) In social anthropology…

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