Andean Expressions

Many of the Andean expressions that I term “Recuay,” especially in art and cultural production, are fascinating on their own and instructive for ...


Author: George F. Lau

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 9781587299742

Category: Social Science

Page: 338

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Flourishing from A.D. 1 to 700, the Recuay inhabited lands in northern Peru just below the imposing glaciers of the highest mountain chain in the tropics. Thriving on an economy of high-altitude crops and camelid herding, they left behind finely made artworks and grand palatial buildings with an unprecedented aesthetic and a high degree of technical sophistication. In this first in-depth study of these peoples, George Lau situates the Recuay within the great diversification of cultural styles associated with the Early Intermediate Period, provides new and significant evidence to evaluate models of social complexity, and offers fresh theories about life, settlement, art, and cosmology in the high Andes. Lau crafts a nuanced social and historical model in order to evaluate the record of Recuay developments as part of a wider Andean prehistory. He analyzes the rise and decline of Recuay groups as well as their special interactions with the Andean landscape. Their coherence was expressed as shared culture, community, and corporate identity, but Lau also reveals its diversity through time and space in order to challenge the monolithic characterizations of Recuay society pervasive in the literature today. Many of the innovations in Recuay culture, revealed for the first time in this landmark volume, left a lasting impact on Andean history and continue to have relevance today. The author highlights the ways that material things intervened in ancient social and political life, rather than being merely passive reflections of historical change, to show that Recuay public art, exchange, technological innovations, warfare, and religion offer key insights into the emergence of social hierarchy and chiefly leadership and the formation, interaction, and later dissolution of large discrete polities. By presenting Recuay artifacts as fundamentally social in the sense of creating and negotiating relations among persons, places, and things, he recognizes in the complexities of the past an enduring order and intelligence that shape the contours of history.

Andean Worlds

expressions of popular religious piety , which they regarded as little more ... Any effort to curb Andean expressions of popular piety and channel them into ...


Author: Kenneth J. Andrien

Publisher: UNM Press

ISBN: 0826323588

Category: History

Page: 290

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Examines the Spanish invasion of the Inca Empire in 1532 and how European and indigenous life ways became intertwined, producing a new and constantly evolving hybrid colonial order in the Andes.

Andean Art

The aim of the book is to explore various facets of artistic expression (ranging temporally from four thousand years ago to the present day) in the Andean regions of South America, based on themes: social contexts, cultural expressions, ...


Author: Penny Dransart


ISBN: UTEXAS:059173003564710

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 317

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The aim of the book is to explore various facets of artistic expression (ranging temporally from four thousand years ago to the present day) in the Andean regions of South America, based on themes: social contexts, cultural expressions, recontextualisation, construction and meaning, and the role of art in the creation and animation of Andean landscapes. The various authors also move towards an archaeology, anthropology, or art history of visual expression that allows for an assessment of self-critical and reflexive developments on the part of the people who produced the artistic works under consideration. These visual worlds they created and continue to create make art in the Andes a fruitful and exciting field of study.

Andean Foodways

J Anthropol Archaeol 29:327–351 Lau GF (2011) Andean expressions: art and archaeology of the recuay culture. University of Iowa Press, Iowa City (IA) Lau GF ...


Author: John E. Staller

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030516291



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Native Artists and Patrons in Colonial Latin America

Here , however , the image is used within an Andean context rather than a
Spanish colonial one , and to operate within ... and rider is brought into the
signifying context of Andean expression by its inclusion on a traditional Andean
object .


Author: Emily Good Umberger


ISBN: UCBK:C058939036

Category: Art, Spanish colonial

Page: 126

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Protection of Traditional Cultural Expressions in Latin America

Andean Community (2007). Decision 674 – Consultative Council of the Andean Community Indigenous Peoples of September 26, 2007, ...


Author: Anna Friederike Busch

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783662467701

Category: Law

Page: 452

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This book analyses the topic of protecting traditional cultural expressions (TCEs) in Latin America. It questions classic legal approaches and involves the interface of anthropology and law. The study analyses regional, national and local particularities of law on paper and law in reality. It includes personal fieldwork research in selected countries and puts light on the political, socio-economic and environmental dimension of the topic. Based upon these insights, the study gives recommendations for a more enhanced, interdisciplinary understanding and protection of TCEs. Latin America is (still) rich of cultural traditions and bio- and sociodiversity. This region is the cradle of the international discussion on protecting TCEs. The national situations are diverse and allow conclusive comparisons. Some countries have established concrete protection systems, like Panama, and made useful experiences. It is time to resume: What do TCEs really mean? Should they be protected by law and if so, how? What can we learn from the practical experiences made so far? The following is clear: The true test for any new legislation – in Latin America and elsewhere – is its impact on the everyday life.

From Oral to Written Expression


Author: Regina Harrison

Publisher: Syracuse, N.Y. : Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University

ISBN: UTEXAS:059172015003166

Category: History

Page: 181

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Ancient Alterity in the Andes

——(2011) Andean Expressions: Art and Archaeology of the Recuay Culture. University of Iowa Press, Iowa City. ——(2012) 'Culturas y lenguas antiguas de la ...


Author: George F. Lau

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136193569

Category: Social Science

Page: 248

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Ancient Alterity in the Andes is the first major treatment on ancient alterity: how people in the past regarded others. At least since the 1970s, alterity has been an influential concept in different fields, from art history, psychology and philosophy, to linguistics and ethnography. Having gained steam in concert with postmodernism’s emphasis on self-reflection and discourse, it is especially significant now as a framework to understand the process of ‘writing’ and understanding the Other: groups, cultures and cosmologies. This book showcases this concept by illustrating how people visualised others in the past, and how it coloured their engagements with them, both physically and cognitively. Alterity has yet to see sustained treatment in archaeology due in great part to the fact that the archaeological record is not always equipped to inform on the subject. Like its kindred concepts, such as identity and ethnicity, alterity is difficult to observe also because it can be expressed at different times and scales, from the individual, family and village settings, to contexts such as nations and empires. It can also be said to ‘reside’ just as well in objects and individuals, as it may in a technique, action or performance. One requires a relevant, holistic data set and multiple lines of evidence. Ancient Alterity in the Andes provides just that by focusing on the great achievements of the ancient Andes during the first millennium AD, centred on a Precolumbian culture, known as Recuay (AD 1-700). Using a new framework of alterity, one based on social others (e.g., kinsfolk, animals, predators, enemies, ancestral dead), the book rethinks cultural relationships with other groups, including the Moche and Nasca civilisations of Peru’s coast, the Chavín cult, and the later Wari, the first Andean empire. In revealing little known patterns in Andean prehistory the book illuminates the ways that archaeologists, in general, can examine alterity through the existing record. Ancient Alterity in the Andes is a substantial boon to the analysis and writing of past cultures, social systems and cosmologies and an important book for those wishing to understand this developing concept in archaeological theory.

Andean Perspective Newsletter

The devotion to the Tio is complemented by Catholic rituals and expressions of
Andean religiosity . The film ' s goal is to show the dynamics of interaction within
one group of dancers ( approximately 250 ) . Although it partially achieves its ...




ISBN: UTEXAS:059173018496341

Category: Andes Region


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Art and Vision in the Inca Empire

In Andean Archaeology III: North and South, ed. ... F. Andean Expressions: Art and Archaeology of the Recuay Culture (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, ...


Author: Adam Herring

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107094369

Category: Art

Page: 258

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This book offers a new, art-historical interpretation of pre-contact Inca culture and power and includes over sixty color images.

Indigenous Experience Today

Nevertheless, most of my students have heard a poncho-clad Andean band playing on the ... new valorizations of imagined indigenous and “Andeanexpressions.


Author: Marisol de la Cadena

Publisher: Berg

ISBN: 9781845205195

Category: Social Science

Page: 415

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At head of title: The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research.

An Archaeology of Ancash

2011 Andean Expressions: Art and Archaeology of the Recuay Culture. University of Iowa Press, Iowa City. ——— 2012 The 1st millennium AD in north central ...


Author: George Lau

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317482154

Category: Social Science

Page: 258

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An Archaeology of Ancash is a well–illustrated synthesis of the archaeology of North Central Peru, and specifically the stone structures of the Ancash region. All the major cultures of highland Ancash built impressive monuments, with no other region of South America showing such an early and continuous commitment to stone carving. Drawing on Lau’s extensive experience as an archaeologist in highland Peru, this book reveals how ancient groups of the Central Andes have used stone as both a physical and symbolic resource, uncovering the variety of experiences and meanings which marked the region’s special engagement with this material. An abundant raw resource in the Andes, stone was used for monuments, sculptures and other valuables such as carved monoliths, which were crucial to the emergence of civilization in the region, and religious objects from magical charms to ancestor effigies. Detailing the ways stone has played both an everyday and an extraordinary part in ancient social life, Lau also examines how cultural dispositions towards this fundamental material have changed over time and considers how contemporary engagements with these stone remains have the potential to create and regenerate communities. With an ample selection of color photos which bring these sites and artifacts to life, An Archaeology of Ancash is an essential guide to the key monuments, places and objects that distinguish this region and its rich archaeological heritage.

Handbook of South American Archaeology

Glaciers never extended to the tropical Andean coast. ... Andean expressions, at millennial, centennial, decadal, and interannual time scales.


Author: Helaine Silverman

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 0387749071

Category: Social Science

Page: 1192

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Perhaps the contributions of South American archaeology to the larger field of world archaeology have been inadequately recognized. If so, this is probably because there have been relatively few archaeologists working in South America outside of Peru and recent advances in knowledge in other parts of the continent are only beginning to enter larger archaeological discourse. Many ideas of and about South American archaeology held by scholars from outside the area are going to change irrevocably with the appearance of the present volume. Not only does the Handbook of South American Archaeology (HSAA) provide immense and broad information about ancient South America, the volume also showcases the contributions made by South Americans to social theory. Moreover, one of the merits of this volume is that about half the authors (30) are South Americans, and the bibliographies in their chapters will be especially useful guides to Spanish and Portuguese literature as well as to the latest research. It is inevitable that the HSAA will be compared with the multi-volume Handbook of South American Indians (HSAI), with its detailed descriptions of indigenous peoples of South America, that was organized and edited by Julian Steward. Although there are heroic archaeological essays in the HSAI, by the likes of Junius Bird, Gordon Willey, John Rowe, and John Murra, Steward states frankly in his introduction to Volume Two that “arch- ology is included by way of background” to the ethnographic chapters.

New World Encounters

Another Spaniard who scrutinized Andean religion in the mid sixteenth century was ... crystalized in Andean expressions of worship and concepts of deity and ...


Author: Stephen Greenblatt

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520080203

Category: History

Page: 344

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The five centuries which have passed since the discovery of the New World have not diminished the overwhelming importance or strangeness of the early encounter between Europeans and native Americans. This collection of essays offers a multidisciplinary approach to this meeting of cultures.

Historical Dictionary of Ancient South America

Lau, George F. Andean Expressions: Art and Archaeology of the Recuay Culture. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2011. Lavallée, Danielle.


Author: Martin Giesso

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781538102374

Category: History

Page: 342

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This second edition of Historical Dictionary of Ancient South America contains a chronology, an introduction, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 700 cross-referenced entries on important personalities, politics, economy, foreign relations, religion, and the culture of ancient South America.

The Oxford Handbook of Prehistoric Figurines

Elemental Meanings: Symbolic Expression in Inka Miniature Figurines (London: ... Andean Expressions: Art and Archaeology of the Recuay Culture (Iowa City: ...


Author: Timothy Insoll

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780191663109

Category: Social Science

Page: 928

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Figurines dating from prehistory have been found across the world but have never before been considered globally. The Oxford Handbook of Prehistoric Figurines is the first book to offer a comparative survey of this kind, bringing together approaches from across the landscape of contemporary research into a definitive resource in the field. The volume is comprehensive, authoritative, and accessible, with dedicated and fully illustrated chapters covering figurines from the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australasia and the Pacific laid out by geographical location and written by the foremost scholars in figurine studies; wherever prehistoric figurines are found they have been expertly described and examined in relation to their subject matter, form, function, context, chronology, meaning, and interpretation. Specific themes that are discussed by contributors include, for example, theories of figurine interpretation, meaning in processes and contexts of figurine production, use, destruction and disposal, and the cognitive and social implications of representation. Chronologically, the coverage ranges from the Middle Palaeolithic through to areas and periods where an absence of historical sources renders figurines 'prehistoric' even though they might have been produced in the mid-2nd millennium AD, as in parts of sub-Saharan Africa. The result is a synthesis of invaluable insights into past thinking on the human body, gender, identity, and how the figurines might have been used, either practically, ritually, or even playfully.

The Ancient Central Andes

——(1993) The Tiwanaku: Portrait ofan Andean Civilization. ... Lau, George F. (2011) Andean Expressions: Art and Archaeology of the Recuay Culture.


Author: Jeffrey Quilter

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317935247

Category: Social Science

Page: 340

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The Ancient Central Andes presents a general overview of the prehistoric peoples and cultures of the Central Andes, the region now encompassing most of Peru and significant parts of Ecuador, Bolivia, northern Chile, and northwestern Argentina. The book contextualizes past and modern scholarship and provides a balanced view of current research. Two opening chapters present the intellectual, political, and practical background and history of research in the Central Andes and the spatial, temporal, and formal dimensions of the study of its past. Chapters then proceed in chronological order from remote antiquity to the Spanish Conquest. A number of important themes run through the book, including: the tension between those scholars who wish to study Peruvian antiquity on a comparative basis and those who take historicist approaches; the concept of "Lo Andino," commonly used by many specialists that assumes long-term, unchanging patterns of culture some of which are claimed to persist to the present; and culture change related to severe environmental events. Consensus opinions on interpretations are highlighted as are disputes among scholars regarding interpretations of the past. The Ancient Central Andes provides an up-to-date, objective survey of the archaeology of the Central Andes that is much needed. Students and interested readers will benefit greatly from this introduction to a key period in South America’s past.

Variations in the Expression of Inka Power

... evokes the most important ritual offerings of the Southern Andes . ... urpu's design imply differing spheres of Andean expression and their interaction ...


Author: Craig Morris

Publisher: Dumbarton Oaks

ISBN: 0884023516

Category: History

Page: 449

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Until recently, little archaeological investigation has been dedicated to the Inka, the last great culture in Andean South America before the 16th-century arrival of the Spaniards. Using both theoretical and methodological approaches, scholars of the sciences, social sciences, and humanities provide a new understanding of Inka culture and history.


Chile was socially more advanced and politically more sophisticated than its
Andean neighbors, but it remained for Alessandri to take note of ... Such
expressions of nationalism are characteristic of the new, progressive, middle-
class doctrines.







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Death Rituals Social Order and the Archaeology of Immortality in the Ancient World

Andean Expressions: Art and Archaeology of the Recuay Culture. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press. Lau, G. F., 2013. Ancient Alterity in the Andes: A ...


Author: Colin Renfrew

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781316368626

Category: Social Science


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Modern archaeology has amassed considerable evidence for the disposal of the dead through burials, cemeteries and other monuments. Drawing on this body of evidence, this book offers fresh insight into how early human societies conceived of death and the afterlife. The twenty-seven essays in this volume consider the rituals and responses to death in prehistoric societies across the world, from eastern Asia through Europe to the Americas, and from the very earliest times before developed religious beliefs offered scriptural answers to these questions. Compiled and written by leading prehistorians and archaeologists, this volume traces the emergence of death as a concept in early times, as well as a contributing factor to the formation of communities and social hierarchies, and sometimes the creation of divinities.