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The purpose of this workshop is to introduce the Amazonian mythology of the Kaxinawá (self-named as Huni Kuin meaning “true people”) under the umbrella of archetypal intersubjectivity – a concept that I developed during my doctoral studies. Within an anthropocentric perspective, only human beings have subjectivity. What is being proposed within the concept of archetypal intersubjectivity is the call to awareness that matter is not something inert, but, as an integral part of the formation of life on our planet, it also has a history which begins with the innumerable interactions with other elements that are part of its formation. Therefore, because it is interactive, it has alterity, subjectivity, and archetypal character. Thus archetypal intersubjectivity is a theory that seeks to comprehend the psychological phenomena through the archetypal interaction between beings in a given environment. The archetypal intersubjectivity theory presupposes that the relationship individuals develop with one another and with the environment directly influence the internal experience of being aware. It also contributes to the development of one’s personality and complexes that will surge as a result of the quality of those interactions.
The Kaxinawá occupy a vast territory in the basin of the Juruá and Purus Rivers, an area in Western Amazonia between Brazil and Peru. They form the largest group of the Pano linguistic family and the total population is close to 6,000 people with 75% of them on the Brazilian side. I chose Kaxinawá myths due to their relevant production of written contents in their own mother tongue. There are books about Kaxinawá mythology, chants, and smallreports used to support their formal education. The myths that I will present during this workshop are part of their Shenipabu Miyui—Stories of the Ancients—archival collection.
Dr. Hannah Hennebert, Ph.D., is a Brazilian-American independent scholar and a former professor of English and Psychology at the Federal Institute of Rondonia, Brazil. She holds a Ph. D. in Psychology with concentration in Jungian Studies from Saybrook University, a M.A. in Counseling from Eastern Mennonite University, and a B.A. in Language Arts from the Federal University of Rondonia. Dr. Hennebert has presented at various conferences in the U.S., South America, and Europe. She has presented papers about dream analysis and the meaning of archetypes and the collective unconscious in the treatment of trauma during conferences in Argentina and Spain. Dr. Hennebert has international experience working with unprivileged population. She is a motivational speaker for over a decade, and developed an approach, CASA (Curiosidad, Apoyo, Simpatia, y Asistencia), to facilitate counseling sessions with the Latino/Latina population in Virginia. Dr. Hennebert is passionate about working with children and teenagers with Autism Spectrum Disorder using Jungian approach and expressive arts to emotional regulation. Her integrative therapeutic approach includes neuroscience and depth psychology in addition to mindfulness-based techniques. During her free time, Hannah enjoys going for a walk in the nearby forest, dancing, drawing mandalas, and drumming Brazilian rhythms.
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