chapter  4
Social Dynamics Before Europe
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I have never heard of Fitsi-fitsi’s footsteps, as the Villas-Boas brothers describe, nor of his people, who settled in his footprints. I have no doubt that Fitsi-fitsi lives on today in the “mirror world” of dawn times ingilango, where all the Kuikuru culture heroes and ancestors, and other “dawn persons,” have come to reside over the ages.1 The Kuikuru travel in this mirror world in their dreams. Some shamans (hïatâo), trained in special techniques of the body and esoteric knowledge and able to enter a trance by smoking tobacco (Nicotina sp.), actually traffic with its inhabitants.