Pathways of Memory and Power
Ethnography and History among an Andean People
Publication Year: 2098
Published by: University of Wisconsin Press
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Like peoples and the writings we call histories, scholarly projects also have a past. The research that gave rise to this book, for example, did not start out as a study that could have produced the information and arguments I now advance. A brief survey of the transmutations that led from graduate school to this book (and from a Ph.D. in anthropology to a job in history) ...
1. Introduction: From Ritual to History and Back Again, Trajectories in Research and Theory
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Men make their own history, but they do not make it just as they themselves, but under circumstances directly encountered, given generations weighs like a nightmare on the brain of the living. precisely in such periods of revolutionary crisis they anxiously conjure up the spirits of the past to their service and borrow from ...
Part One. An Ethnographic Pastorale: Introduction to K'ulta and the Local Sources of History
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2. Journeys to Cultural Frontiers
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In June of 1979, some six months after arriving in Bolivia, I set off from journey to a small rural town. My destination in that journey from La Paz was Santa Barbara de Culta, a small and out-of-the-way town, to which I often travel in memory on a well-worn imaginary path. Santa permanent home for a few families and a political-ritual pilgrimage ...
3. The Dialogical Politics of Ethnographic Fieldwork
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Where the highway winds east from Cruce, it drops a bit and almost immediately enters a broad pampa. One can see several hamlets nestled in sheltered spots in the foothills around the plain. The settlement that I consisting of a one-room school, with a sign identifying the place as Palca, and a half-dozen other buildings, only two of which seemed to be ...
4. Structures and Histories: K'ulta between Gods and State
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It is today almost a commonplace in ethnographies such as this to dwell on the imbalance of power in the ethnographic situation. With research permissions, ties to the Bolivian government (in permissions and affilia tions), U.S. passport, money, and valuable goods, I was in a relative position of power, reinforced by the fact that it was I who asked the ...
Part Two. Historical Paths to K'ulta: An Andean Social Formation from Preinvasion Autonomy to Postrevolution Atomization
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5. Pathways of Historical Colonization: Stories of an Andean Past from the Archives of Letters and Landscapes
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Recollection of the past is an active, constructive process, not a simple matter of retrieving information. To remember is to place a part of the past in the service of conceptions and needs of the One of my purposes in this chapter is to plumb the Spanish documentary social memory of archives and chronicles for what they might tell us about ...
6. Colonial Relandscaping of Andean Social Memory
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Both Spaniards and Andeans may have likened Tunupa or Viracocha to a Christian apostle, but neither was completely reducible to Santo Tomas or San Bartolome. As long as the full range of significance of the stories about European apostles and Andean creator deities remained inacces sible to indians and Spaniards, the cross-cultural equivalences estab ...
Part Three. Social Memory in K'ulta: A Landscape Poetics of Narrative, Drink, and Saints' Festivals
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7. Telling and Drinking the Paths of Memory: Narrative and Libation Poetics as Historical Consciousness
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In the literary artistic chronotope, spatial and temporal indicators are fused into one carefully thought-out, concrete whole. Time, as it were, thickens, takes on flesh, becomes artistically visible; likewise, space becomes charged and responsive to the movements of time, plot, and history. This intersection of axes and fusion of ...
8. Living on Tatala's Path: Uses of the Past in Sacrifice and Antisacrifice, Saints' Festivals, and Sorceries
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In the previous chapter we saw that the forms of houses and hamlets and constructed architectural spaces are built from the stuff of meaningful social activity. As gendered persons and social groups like patrilines construe themselves in alignment with Tatala's path through the heavens and a transformative relationship to Chullpa forces, the spaces of daily ...
9. Conclusion: Ethnography and History of Social Memory and Amnesia
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...given to any of them; and the reason is because those that were our lords, and made us their vassals, would suffer nothing else to end of parliaments, not to constitute what is already according to I have sought in this book to bring about a cohabitation (if not a marriage) of historical and ethnographic sources and methods, so as to ...
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Page Count: 632
Illustrations: 41 figures, 20 photos
Publication Year: 2098