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The Ethnography and Ethnohistory of the Titicaca Basin

Charles Stanish

in Ancient Titicaca

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780520232457
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928190 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520232457.003.0004
The Ethnography and Ethnohistory of the Titicaca Basin

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This chapter examines the ethnohistory and ethnography of the Titicaca Basin. It discusses the features of Aymara and Quechua culture that are relevant to helping us understand and interpret the prehistoric political economy of the basin's cultures. It explores the linguistic, historical, and ethnographic evidence surrounding the other, less extensive languages or ethnic groups relevant to understanding the region's prehistoric past. It also reviews the extensive knowledge of the protohistoric and historic Aymara kingdoms that scholars have assembled over the last five hundred years.

Keywords: Titicaca Basin; ethnohistory; ethnography; Aymara culture; Quechua culture; political economy; ethnic groups

Chapter.  14520 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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