Toucan Boa Woman (Sikuanga Amarun)

Singer: Eulodia Dagua

Recorded and translated by Tod Swanson

June 2009 Sicuanga Amarun Kichwa text


When your husband gets angry, beats you and goes leaving you, you place tobacco here and here and tasting the tobacco in your mouth you sing this  he (my father) said.


I am not a human woman

I just look like a human woman to your eyes.

Like a human …I appear

Not I…… I am not a human woman

Toucan boa,

I am a Toucan boa woman

With the skin of my belly

With the skin of my belly

I will wrap myself around your heart

I will wrap myself around (you).

And you thought that I ….

And you thought that I was a was human!

I am not a human woman

And I…..your heart…

I will wrap myself around your heart.

With the skin of my belly

With the skin of my belly

When the sun is straight up.

When the sun is straight up

Don’t eat now

You will feel me like a thorn.

Wanting, wanting

Your thoughts go there and here.

Turning you look back

Turning you look back

I am not a human woman

I am a toucan boa woman

Did you get angry with me thinking that I was a human woman?

When I am angry I am not a human woman.

To your eyes here

I just look like a human woman