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". . . . Substantially enhances our understanding of Petén, its peoples, and its history. This book should attract a broad readership for its nuanced examination of material reflections of identity in a complex and shifting sociopolitical landscape."—John S. Henderson, American Anthropologist

Neighbors of the better-known Itza in the central Petén lakes region of Guatemala, the Kowoj Maya have been studied for little more than a decade. The Kowoj summarizes the results of recent research into this ethno-political group conducted by Prudence Rice, Don Rice, and their colleagues. Chapters in The Kowoj address the question "Who are the Kowoj?" from varied viewpoints: archaeological, archival, linguistic, ethnographic, and bioarchaeological. Using data drawn primarily from the peninsular site of Zacpetén, the authors illuminate Kowoj history, ritual components of their self-expressed identity, and their archaeological identification. These data support the Kowoj claim of migration from Mayapán in Yucatán, where they were probably affiliated with the Xiw, in opposition to the Itza. These enmities extended into Petén, culminating in civil warfare by the time of final Spanish conquest in 1697. The first volume to consider Postclassic Petén from broadly integrative anthropological, archaeological, and historical perspectives, The Kowoj is an important addition to the literature on late Maya culture and history in the southern lowlands. It will be of particular interest to archaeologists, historians, ethnohistorians, art historians, and epigraphers.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Figures, Maps, Tables, and Appendices
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xvii-xix
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  1. Part 1: Introduction to the Postclassic - and Contact- Period Kowoj
  2. pp. 24-25
  1. Chapter 1: Introduction to the Kowoj and Their Pet
  2. pp. 26-39
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  1. Part 2: Who Were the Kowoj?
  2. pp. 17-19
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  1. Chapter 2: The Kowoj in Geopolitico-Ritual Perspective
  2. pp. 21-54
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  1. Chapter 3: The Kowoj in Ethnohistorical Perspective
  2. pp. 55-69
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  1. Chapter 4: The Linguistic Context of the Kowoj
  2. pp. 70-79
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  1. Part 3: The Archaeology of the Kowoj
  2. pp. 81-83
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  1. Chapter 5: Zacpet
  2. pp. 85-122
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  1. Chapter 6: Defensive Architecture and the Context of Warfare at Zacpet
  2. pp. 123-140
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  1. Chapter 7: Kowoj Ritual Performance and Societal Representations at Zacpet
  2. pp. 141-172
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  1. Chapter 8: Residential and Domestic Contexts at Zacpet
  2. pp. 173-191
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  1. Chapter 9: Zacpet
  2. pp. 192-216
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  1. Part 4: The Archaeology of the Kowoj
  2. pp. 217-219
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  1. Chapter 10: Technological Styles of Slipped Pottery and Kowoj Identity
  2. pp. 221-237
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  1. Chapter 11: The Iconography and Decorative Programs of Kowoj Pottery
  2. pp. 238-275
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  1. Chapter 12: Incense Burners and Other Ritual Ceramics
  2. pp. 276-312
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  1. Part 5: Additional Perspectives on the Kowoj
  2. pp. 313-315
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  1. Chapter 13: The Symbolism of Zacpet
  2. pp. 317-326
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  1. Chapter 14: Postclassic Trade
  2. pp. 327-339
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  1. Chapter 15: The Bioarchaeology of Ritual Violence at Zacpet
  2. pp. 340-367
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  1. Chapter 16: The Kowoj and the Lacandon
  2. pp. 368-384
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  1. Part 6: Conclusions
  2. p. 385
  1. Chapter 17: Summary and Concluding Remarks
  2. pp. 387-395
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  1. References Cited
  2. pp. 396-438
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 439-458
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780870819872
Related ISBN
9780870819308
MARC Record
OCLC
472411692
Pages
448
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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