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Wooly Monkeys


Belgica Dagua,  "Origin of the Woolly Monkey (long version)." Youtube video. 15:25 December 31,2018

Bélgica Dagua, "Origin of the Woolly Monkeys."

As we recorded this narrative on the Río Tiputini a large flock of wooly monkeys was feeding directly over us.  It is for this reason that the narrator seems to whisper.  

Quichua Text

English Translation

Spanish Translation

Please cite video as:

Tod D. Swanson,   "Bélgica Dagua, 'Origin of Woolly Monkeys.’” Youtube video.  6:18.  August 11, 2016. 

Luisa Cadena Dreams of Wooly Monkeys before a Hunt


Tod D. Swanson interview, Luisa Cadena,  "Encounter With Amazanga Master of Woolley Monkeys."  YouTube Video.  3:48.  April 9, 2019.

Clara Santi,  Drawing of a wounded wooly monkey shot by hunters.


Luisa Cadena, “Dream of  Women Laughing”


Why did I dream like that?” I asked my brother in the morning. I was seeing Runa women laughing back at me ajajailla!  All painted with huituc, black women.  Lots of women!” I said.    Hearing that my brother used to say, “Today we are going to find monkeys and kill them.  Just like that he lay there hearing the monkeys cry out “churuuuuucuaaaaachuruuuu”.


Look there! Your dream was true.  You stay here.  I am going to go kill the monkeys,” my brother said to me.  My brother went.  We stayed.  There were two of us.  It was his killing of the monkeys that I dreamed.   [That is why] you dreamed seeing a black face.  You dreamed a face painted black with huituc.  It means killing monkeys. Don’t you hear them cry out “churuuucuaami.”  I dreamed that black women came laughing.  Young women, charcoal colored women.

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