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Pathways of Memory and Power: Ethnography and History Among an Andean People

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    Pathways of Memory and Power crosses the disciplinary boundary where anthropology and history meet, exploring the cultural frontier of the colonial and postcolonial Andes. Thomas A. Abercrombie uses his fieldwork in the Aymara community of Santa Barbara de Culta, Bolivia, as a starting point for his ambitious examination of the relations between European forms of historical consciousness and indigenous Andean ways of understanding the past. Writing in an inviting first-person narrative style, Abercrombie confronts the ethics of fieldwork by comparing ethnographic experience to the power-laden contexts that produce historical sources.

    Making clear the early and deep intermingling of practices and world views among Spaniards and Andeans, Christians and non-Christians, Abercrombie critiques both the romanticist tendency to regard Andean culture as still separate from and resistant to European influences, and the melodramatic view that all indigenous practices have been obliterated by colonial and national elites. He challenges prejudices that, from colonial days to the present, have seen Andean historical knowledge only in mythic narratives or narratives of personal experience. Bringing an ethnographers approach to historiography, he shows how complex Andean rituals that hybridize European and indigenous traditions—such as libation dedications and llama sacrifices held on saints day festivals—are in fact potent evidence of social memory in the community.

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Nature and Culture in the Andes reveals the intimate and unexpected relationships of plants, animals, and people in western South America. Throughout his quest to understand this geographically diverse region Daniel Gade integrates the imagination of an expert geographer with the research skills of a natural and cultural historian. He presents a holistic vision of the Andes, and of the world, that broadens the perspective achieved solely by objective scientific methods of inquiry.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 522-558) and index.

About the Author

Thomas A. Abercrombie is associate professor of anthropology at New York University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780299153144
Author:
Abercrombie, Thomas A.
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Location:
Madison, Wis. :
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
History
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Festivals
Subject:
South American
Subject:
Ethnohistory
Subject:
Aymara Indians.
Subject:
K'ulta (Bolivia) Social life and customs.
Subject:
K'ulta
Subject:
Latin America - South America
Subject:
Aymara Indians -- Religion.
Subject:
Aymara Indians -- History.
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
8
Publication Date:
19980731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
41 figs., 20 photos
Pages:
632
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , Nature and Culture in the Andes reveals the intimate and unexpected relationships of plants, animals, and people in western South America. Throughout his quest to understand this geographically diverse region Daniel Gade integrates the imagination of an expert geographer with the research skills of a natural and cultural historian. He presents a holistic vision of the Andes, and of the world, that broadens the perspective achieved solely by objective scientific methods of inquiry.
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