Pathways of Memory and Power Ethnography and History among an Andean People
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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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Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 7/6/1998
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
|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|