Baniwa of the Aiary and Içana Collection of Robin M. Wright

Colección del Baniwa del Ayarí e Isana de Robin M. Wright

Object Details

Collection LanguageBaniwa
Language PIDailla:119657
Title [Indigenous]
Language of Indigenous Title
TitleBaniwa of the Aiary and Içana Collection of Robin M. Wright
Collector(s)Wright, Robin M.
Depositor(s)Wright, Robin M.
Project/Collector Website
Description [Indigenous]
Language of Indigenous Description
DescriptionThis is a multimedia collection focusing on the Baniwa people of the Northwest Amazon, and in particular on shamanic practices, ceremony, mythology, prophet movements, traditional knowledge about illnesses and healing, and the history and ethnography of the Baniwa people. Most of the materials in this collection was collected or created by Robin M. Wright during trips to Baniwa communities of the Aiary and Içana rivers of the Upper Rio Negro region of the Brazilian Amazon, and visits to museums and archives. During his career as an academic researcher in Brazil and the United States, Wright has focused on the history of the Baniwa people and their religious practices, including the effects of prophet movements and evangelization within the region, publishing several books on these subjects.

The materials in this collection correspond to two major periods. The first corresponds to Wright’s field trips to Baniwa communities were to the villages of Uapui and Ucuqui (sometimes spelled Wapui and Ukuki, respectively) during 1976 and 1977. The second is a longer span covering the period from 1990-2010 when Wright was working on projects including the creation of the Waferinaipe Ianheke collection of Baniwa myths, collaborative research projects on traditional Baniwa knowledge surrounding diseases and their treatments, and collaborative projects with shamanic knowledge and sacred sites. Other events recorded in the collection is the building and inauguration of the Malikai Dapana in Uapui in 2009, an event during which Robin Wright presented Manuel da Silva with the Living Treasure award for his life’s work as a Baniwa shaman, and a ceremonial dance house in Ucuqui in 2008.

The collection has:
• 264 PDF documents totaling 2,385 pages
• 219 WAV audio files and 6 MP3 files totaling 81 hours 47 minutes
• 185 JPG images
• 63 MP4 video files totaling 16 hours 46 minutes

See for a finding aid in English, and for a finding aid in Portuguese.

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.
ReferencesRobin M. Wright. Mysteries of the Jaguar Shamans of the Northwest Amazon. University of Nebraska Press, Omaha, 2013, 389 pp.
Robin M. Wright. História Indígena e do Indigenismo no Alto Rio Negro. Campinas: Mercado de Letras/Instituto Socioambiental, 2005, 300 pp.
Robin M. Wright. Cosmos, Self and History in Baniwa Religion. For Those Unborn. Austin, TX. : University of Texas Press, 1998, 314 pp.
José Marcelino Cornelio, Robin Wright, et al. Waferinaipe Ianheke = A sabedoria dos nossos antepassados : histórias dos hohodene e dos walipere-dakenai do Rio Aiari. Rio Aiari, São Gabriel da Cachoeira, Amazonas, Brasil : ACIRA/FOIRN, 1999.