At the beginnings of the 20th century, the German anthropologist Konrad Theodor Preuss (1869–1938) studied different literary traditions from Amerindian cultures. During his investigations in Mexico among the Cora, Huichol, and Mexicanero, he established a methodology based on the register of verbal art in the local language, its linguistic analysis, and a religious study. Years later, he used a similar method studying the Uitoto and Kágaba in Colombia. This article presents a comparative analysis of published materials in order to understand the evolution of this pioneer work considered one of the richest analysis of its kind.
[Mexico, Colombia, Amerindian languages, ethnological investigations, philology, documentation, verbal art]