Quechuan Voices: The Art of Storytelling through Song
AbstractSarah Anderson examines Claudia Llosa's 2009 film, The Milk of Sorrow (La teta asustada) for its use of song as a storytelling medium for expressing Quechuan women's rights in Peru. The author argues that Llosa's film represents Quechuan women's healing processes and their desire for liberation from the trauma of rape and the specters of race, class, and gender oppressions experienced during Peru's 1980-2000 Civil War. Anderson explicates the main character Fausta's song for three major symbols of Quechuan knowledge: healing the disease contracted by "the milk of sorrow," with traditional medicinal practices; Quechuan links to traditional food sources and land rights through a potato hidden in Fausta's vagina; and the potato's manifestation into a growing plant as a symbol of hope for indigenous Quechuan assertion of culture, land, and identity rights, especially for women.
Daiute, Colette, and C. Lightfoot. "Editors Introduction: Theory and Craft in Narrative Inquiry" Narrative Analysis: Studying the Development of Individuals in Society.
New Delhi: Sage, 2004. Print.
Harris, Brandon. "Claudia Llosa, The Milk of Sorrow." Film Maker Magazine, n.d. Web. 25 August 2010.
Leiby, Michele. "Wartime Sexual Violence in Guatemala and Peru." International Studies Quarterly 53 (2009): 445-468. Print.
Mithur, Nita. "Chanted Narratives of Indigenous People." Asian Ethnology 67.1 (2008): 103-121. Print.
"The 3800 Types of Potatoes in Peru." Lima Easy. The Lima Guide, n.d. Web. 25 August 2010.
The Milk of Sorrow. Dir. Claudia Llosa. Olive Films, 2009.
- Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal. Further distribution of the work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the published work's title, journal citation, and DOI (digital object identifier).
- Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).
- The work does not infringe any copyright; violate any other right of any third parties; contain any scandalous, libelous, or unlawful matter; or make any improper invasion of the privacy of any person. The author(s) agrees to indemnify and hold harmless The Pennsylvania State University against any claim or proceeding undertaken on any of the aforementioned grounds.