Latin American Indigenous Warfare and Ritual Violence

ISBN-10: 0816525277

ISBN-13: 9780816525270

Edition: 2007

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Description: This groundbreaking multidisciplinary book presents significant essays on historical indigenous violence in Latin America from Tierra del Fuego to central Mexico. Concerned by what they see as a dangerous anti-scholarly "revisionist" movement--one that seeks to portray pre-Columbian Latin America as a "lost paradise" in which native peoples lived harmoniously together--the editors convened an international symposium at which leading anthropologists, archaeologists, historians, and ethnographers met to set the record straight. This volume, which results from the symposium, collects twelve contributions from sixteen contributors, all of whom are scholars at the forefront of their fields of study. All of the chapters advance our knowledge of the causes, extent, and consequences of indigenous violence--including ritualized violence--in Latin America. Each major historical/cultural group in Latin America is addressed by at least one contributor. Incorporating the results of dozens of years of research, this volume documents evidence of warfare, violent conflict, and human sacrifice from the fifteenth century to the twentieth, including incidents that occurred before European contact. Together the chapters present a convincing argument that bloodshed and killing have been woven into the fabric of life in Latin America since remote antiquity. For the first time, expert subject-area work on indigenous violence--archaeological, osteological, ethnographic, historical, and forensic--has been assembled in one volume. Much of this work has heretofore been dispersed across various countries and languages. With its collection into one English-language volume, all future writers--regardless of theirdiscipline or point of view--will be required to consult these findings.

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List price: $50.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Publication date: 9/6/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 294
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Dr. Richard John Chacon is a professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Winthrop University. His research interests include human behavioral ecology, natural resource conservation, warfare, belief systems, medical anthropology, and the indigenous peoples of the Americas. Dr. Ruben G. Mendoza is a professor in the Department of Social, Behavioral, and Global Studies at the California State University at Monterey Bay.  His research interests include pre-Colombian and Colonial art and architecture throughout Mexico, Central America, the American Southwest, and Europe.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Status Rivalry and Warfare in the Development and Collapse of Classic Maya Civilization
Aztec Militarism and Blood Sacrifice: The Archaeology and Ideology of Ritual Violence
Territorial Expansion and Primary State Formation in Oaxaca, Mexico
Images of Violence in Mesoamerican Mural Art
Circum-Caribbean Chiefly Warfare
Conflict and Conquest in Pre-Hispanic Andean South America: Archaeological Evidence from Northern Coastal Peru
The Inti Raymi Festival among the Cotacachi and Otavalo of Highland Ecuador: Blood for the Earth
Upper Amazonian Warfare
Complexity and Causality in Tupinamba Warfare
Hunter-Gatherers' Aboriginal Warfare in Western Chaco
The Struggle for Social Life in Fuego-Patagonia
Ethical Considerations and Conclusions Regarding Indigenous Warfare and Ritual Violence in Latin America
References
About the Contributors
Index
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