Pathways of Memory and Power Ethnography and History among an Andean People

ISBN-10: 0299153142

ISBN-13: 9780299153144

Edition: 1998

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Description: nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;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. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;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 ethnographer’s 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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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 7/6/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 632
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

Illustrations
Preface
Introduction: From Ritual to History and Back Again, Trajectories in Research and Theory
An Ethnographic Pastorale: Introduction to K'ulta and the Local Sources of History
Journeys to Cultural Frontiers
The Dialogical Politics of Ethnographic Fieldwork
Structures and Histories: K'ulta between Gods and State
Historical Paths to K'ulta: An Andean Social Formation from Preinvasion Autonomy to Postrevolution Atomization
Pathways of Historical Colonization: Stories of an Andean Past from the Archives of Letters and Landscapes
Colonial Relandscaping of Andean Social Memory
Social Memory in K'ulta: A Landscape Poetics of Narrative, Drink, and Saints' Festivals
Telling and Drinking the Paths of Memory: Narrative and Libation Poetics as Historical Consciousness
Living on Tatala's Path: Uses of the Past in Sacrifice and Antisacrifice, Saints' Festivals, and Sorceries
Conclusion: Ethnography and History of Social Memory and Amnesia
Francisco Pizarro's Grant of Acho and Guarache to Hernando de Aldana
Juntas de Indios en Pueblos Formados; Alcaldes Hordinarios, Regidores Cadaneros
Chapters and Ordinances for the Town of Our Lady of Bethlehem
Extirpation Report of Priest Hernan Gonzales de la Casa (Late Sixteenth Century)
Circular Letter to Alcaldes of K'ulta, 1781
Corcino Perez' Petitions to the President of Bolivia, 1894
Notes
Glossary
References
Index
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