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The traditional costumes worn by people in the Andes—women’s woolen skirts, men’s ponchos, woven belts, and white felt hats—instantly identify them as natives of the region and serve as revealing markers of ethnicity, social class, gender, age, and so on. Because costume expresses so much, scholars study it to learn how the indigenous people of the Andes have identified themselves over time, as well as how others have identified and influenced them. Costume and History in Highland Ecuador assembles for the first time for any Andean country the evidence for indigenous costume from the entire chronological range of prehistory and history. The contributors glean a remarkable amount of information from pre-Hispanic ceramics and textile tools, archaeological textiles from the Inca empire in Peru, written accounts from the colonial period, nineteenth-century European-style pictorial representations, and twentieth-century textiles in museum collections. Their findings reveal that several garments introduced by the Incas, including men’s tunics and women’s wrapped dresses, shawls, and belts, had a remarkable longevity. They also demonstrate that the hybrid poncho from Chile and the rebozo from Mexico diffused in South America during the colonial period, and that the development of the rebozo in particular was more interesting and complex than has previously been suggested. The adoption of Spanish garments such as the pollera (skirt) and man’s shirt were also less straightforward and of more recent vintage than might be expected.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xvii
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  1. Introduction (Ann Pollard Rowe)
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. Chapter 1. Ecuador before the Incas
  2. pp. 11-69
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  1. Chapter 2. Ecuador under the Inca Empire
  2. pp. 70-95
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  1. Chapter 3. Ecuador under the Spanish Empire
  2. pp. 96-110
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  1. Chapter 4. Historical Developments in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Ecuador (Margaret Young-Sánchez)
  2. pp. 111-118
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  1. Chapter 5. Carchi Province (Ecuador) and the Department of Nariño (Colombia) (Joanne Rappaport)
  2. pp. 119-129
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  1. Chapter 6. Costume in Imbabura Province
  2. pp. 130-168
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  1. Chapter 7. Costume in Southern Pichincha Province (Ann Pollard Rowe)
  2. pp. 169-223
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  1. Chapter 8. Costume in Cotopaxi, Tungurahua, and Bolívar Provinces (Ann Pollard Rowe)
  2. pp. 224-242
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  1. Chapter 9. Costume in Chimborazo and Cañar Provinces
  2. pp. 243-269
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  1. Chapter 10. Azuay Province
  2. pp. 270-296
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  1. Chapter 11. Saraguro Costume in Loja Province (Lynn A. Meisch)
  2. pp. 297-308
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  1. Conclusions
  2. pp. 309-314
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 315-330
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  1. Glossary (Ann Pollard Rowe)
  2. pp. 331-336
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  1. References Cited
  2. pp. 337-366
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 367-368
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 369-382
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780292734739
Related ISBN
9780292725911
MARC Record
OCLC
741751633
Pages
416
Launched on MUSE
2012-04-16
Language
English
Open Access
No
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