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The Fold Behind the Knee: Kopenawa and Albert’s “Falling Sky” Reviewed

The Fold Behind the Knee: Kopenawa and Albert’s “Falling Sky”  By Stephen Corry, Truthout | Book Review   Sunday, 23 March 2014

Davi Kopenawa and Bruce Albert’s The Falling Sky: Words of a Yanomami Shaman is a monument to the authors’ lifetime of friendship and collaboration and a searing testimony of indigenous worldview.
The Falling Sky: Words of a Yanomami Shaman, by Davi Kopenawa & Bruce Albert
The Falling Sky is the most authentic account of Amazonian shamanism recorded. It’s the nearest thing to sitting around a fire and listening, uninterruptedly, to a shaman’s words. It’s more, and deserves to become one of the most important books of our time. The first book by a Yanomami, it has several stories to tell; one is that this Amazonian tribe has a way of looking at the world that could hardly be more different than ours, and they want to keep it. It’s a slap in the face to the West’s adolescent view that if we don’t yet have all the answers, we’re on the way to finding them.
Davi Kopenawa’s book is best described as four volumes in one. It was constructed by anthropologist Bruce Albert, who recorded Davi over a period of decades. He translated the book into French, and added much background which comprises the final part of The Falling Sky. It’s an impressive monument to a lifetime’s collaboration and friendship.
The opening volume is an account of Yanomami cosmology, a worldview as complex as any religion’s. This is no primitive nature worship, nor is it for the squeamish. It’s reminiscent of a Hieronymus Bosch triptych, of beauty and love, but also of dismemberment, “cannibalism,” death and destruction. Vulvas are “eaten,” which is how the Yanomami describe sex, and a bad-smelling penis leads to nowhere good.
“We shamans . . . are protecting ‘nature’ as a whole thing. We defend the forest’s trees, hills, mountains, and rivers; its fish, game, spirits, and human inhabitants. We even defend the land of the white people.”
The universe is multifaceted and multilayered, ever changing and full of hidden forces, helpful, mischievous, or murderous, all mutating depending on how they’re treated, and even on their mood. However unpredictable, they do stick to certain conventions – and that’s a point I’ll come back to.

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The Fold Behind the Knee: Kopenawa and Albert’s “Falling Sky”.

Elfis-Network Founder SMiles Lewis on the WEIRD SHOW Tonight at 9pm CST

SMiles Lewis on THE WEIRD tv SHOW with Russ Dowden

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Tune in to THE WEIRD SHOW‘s Live VodCast via the San Marcus based SMTX NetTV station at www.SMTX.tv this Wednesday night from 9-10pm Central Standard Time. Host Russ Dowden‘s guest is SMiles Lewis. Stephen Miles Lewis (“Gonzo Alt-Media Proprietor”) is the manager of the ElfisAnomaly Network , PsiOp-Radio co-host, and Founder and President of the non-profit community lending library The Anomaly Archives. He’s also served as past leader of a local Austin UFO Experiencer Support Group and the Austin Mufon chapter.

The Anomaly Radio Network will be simulcasting the audio of The Weird Show live Wednesday night. You may tune in to the audio stream by going to www.AnomalyRadio.com at 7pm CST.

Check out the links below to read a past interview of SMiles Lewis in the pages of Weird Magazine and to watch past archives of The Weird Show with Russ and guests like Cheech and Chong, Stanton Friedman, Barry Cooper, and many more (including in-studio musical guests):

UpComing WEIRD SHOW Schedule


Anomaly Radio Founder SMiles Lewis on THE WEIRD SHOW with Russell Dowden Wednesday at 9pm CST | ANOMALY RADIO.