Family: Crasidae    Crax globulosa    Wattled Curassow    Quichua: paushi                                                             

Eulodia Dagua, "How the birds get their voices in the conflict over the marriage of currassow's daughter"

 

Cite video as:

Tod D. Swanson.  Interview with Eulodia Dagua, "How the birds get their voices in the conflict over the marriage of currassow's daughter."  Youtube video.  6:56. October 18, 2018. https://youtu.be/rreP2bOlDv0

At a time when the birds were still human ayllu relations were not yet established.  This lack of ordered relations caused quarreling and resentment and it was out of this fighting that the present relation between species emerged.  According to this story  Paushi had a very beautiful daughter.  Sipuru asked for her hand in marriage and was turned down.  As he went sadly on his way he met Pawa.  Pawa organized a meeting of people (who would later become birds) to help Sipuru ask for her hand in a group.   But in the subsequent gathering an argument breaks out.  Wataracu (Ortalis guttata -Speckled Chachalaca), and Chañavi get their voices from phrases insisting that the daughter not be given to Sipuru. Pawa (Pipile pipile - Common Piping Guan), Yakami (trumpeter), Wataracu  the toucan, and chañavi  Pawa and the toucan gain their sounds from phrases that ask for her hand.  Wataracu and Chañavi get their voices from phrases insisting that the daughter not be given to sipuru.  Pawa gets her voice from the sound of crying at giving her daughter away.  The daughter herself becomes the trumpeter so that the sound of her voice will be greater all of those arguing or grieving over her marriage.

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