The Piro Canoe: A Preliminary Ethnographic Account

Peter George Gow

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The article provides a preliminary account of the canoes made and used by the Piro (Yine) people of the Urubamba river in Peruvian Amazonia, with a particular focus on the processes of construction, naming and crewing. The canoe, among these people, is a basic model of affinity, both male-female and male-male. The canoe and canoe journeys are a basic social model of space for these people, serving a symbolic function that usually falls to house and village space in indigenous Amazonian societies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-61
JournalJournal de la Société des Américanistes
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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