Imagination and the Poetics of Being and Becoming an Other in Amazonia

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This essay considers the role of the imagination in the envisioning and poetic construction of future being and becoming in Amazonia. Poetic construction is the process whereby the assembled forms that emerge from the imagination are brought out into the world of the senses. Imaginative envisioning and poetic construction are the means by which diverse ontologies of humans, animals, and spirits are articulated into particular visions of future transformation that posit a becoming from humanity to otherness in Amazonia. This essay seeks to elucidate the conscious processes through which cosmological ideas are imaginatively envisioned and poetically constructed by Amazonian societies as visions of future transformation and becoming from human to nonhuman being.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-131
Number of pages12
JournalAnthropology of Consciousness
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Imagination
  • Poesis
  • Amerindian Perspectivism
  • Amazonia


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