The Iluku Myth, the Sun, and the Anaconda: Axis Mundi Relationality in Amazonian Quichua Mythology

Videos

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image of Verna Grefa

Verna Grefa
2006
Ongota/Dos Rios

Verna Grefa tells the story about the origins of the common potoo bird (Iluku) and her relation with the moon.

image of Verna Grefa

Gerarado Andi
2002
Pano

Gerardo (Bolivar) Andi tells the story about the origins of the sun and the one-eyed-anaconda during the fiesta of Pano.

Images

Painting of the common potoo bird by Jaime Choclote

Jaime Choclote
n/a
Iquitos, Peru
Painting of the common potoo bird by Jaime Choclote, a painter residing in Iquitos, Peru (used with permission).

Drawing by an unknown 5th grader from Pano (in crayon) of Iluku in her human form.

Drawing of Iluku (1)
2010
Pano
Drawing by an unknown 5th grader from Pano (in crayon) of Iluku in her human form calling out to the moon, her husband.

Drawing by Génesis Grefa (in crayon) of Iluku in her human form.

Drawing of Iluku (2)
2010
Pano
Drawing by Génesis Grefa, a 5th grader in Pano (in crayon), of Iluku in her bird form calling out to the moon, her husband.

Voices

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Iluku Call
2002
taped by Mark Hertica

The call of the common potoo bird (Iluku) at night during a full moon.

Iluku Story in English
2009
Tallahassee, Florida, US

Michael performs his translation of the Iluku story for an academic audience during the FSU Folklore Festival.