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The Modern Jíbaro

  • Tony Castanha

Abstract

The Jíbaro man told me a story that profoundly influenced him and one he could never forget. His mother was ill and had been unconscious. His family had taken her to the hospital but because it was a Sunday, they would not receive her. Desperate, he began driving around and took a side road to the end where there was a two-story house. The man saw a woman on the second floor, who soon asked him what he wanted. He said his mother was sick, unconscious, and they could not find help. The woman told her daughter she was going to help them and to keep an eye on the beans on the stove. They carried the woman into the house, into what the man described as a “temple.” He remembered seeing candles and images of saints. The woman then did something he had never experienced before. She gathered a good bundle of certain plants and began to ceremonially wave them, as if to extract something out of the sick woman. The woman woke up and walked out of the temple on her own two feet. When they got home, she ate abundantly. She had been unconscious for a week and is still alive today.2

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Nineteenth Century Indigenous People Native People Oral History Indian People 
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