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Encounter with the Plumed Serpent

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Book Series: Mesoamerican Worlds ISBN: 9780870818684 9781607327103 Year: Pages: 448 DOI: 10.26530/oapen_625247 Language: English
Publisher: University Press of Colorado Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100340
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The Mixtec, or the people of Savi ("Nation of the Rain God"), one of the major civilizations of ancient Mesoamerica, made their home in the highlands of Oaxaca, where they resisted both Aztec military expansion and the Spanish conquest. This book presents and interprets the sacred histories narrated in the Mixtec codices, the largest surviving collection of pre-Columbian manuscripts in existence. In these screenfold books, ancient painter-historians chronicled the politics of the Mixtec from approximately a.d. 900 to 1521, portraying the royal families, rituals, wars, alliances, and ideology of the times. By analyzing and cross-referencing the codices, which have been fragmented and dispersed in far-flung archives, the authors attempt to reconstruct Mixtec history. Adding useful interpretation and commentary, Jansen and Perez Jimenez synthesize the large body of surviving documents into the first unified narrative of Mixtec sacred history.

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Legacies of Space and Intangible Heritage

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ISBN: 9781607325710 9781607327004 9781607327202 Year: Pages: 208 DOI: 10.26530/oapen_625677 Language: English
Publisher: University Press of Colorado Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100081
Subject: Archaeology
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This volume looks at how different physical environments contribute to the reproduction of cultural forms even in the wake of colonization, migration, and other processes of displacement and change. This raises the question of whether cultural practices are altered by changes in physical environment or if a group’s narratives and practices shape their location. Using case studies from North and South America, the contributors reveal a pattern of abandonment and reestablishment of settlements and how collective memory drives people back to culturally meaningful sites. Through the lenses of archaeology and ethnohistory and by examining the politics of cultural continuity, the authors argue that there is a complex relationship between a people’s heritage and the landscape that affects the making of “place.”

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Gambling Debt

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ISBN: 9781607323341 9781607323358 Year: Language: English
Publisher: University Press of Colorado Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101750
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Gambling Debt is a game-changing contribution to the discussion of economic crises and neoliberal financial systems and strategies. Iceland’s 2008 financial collapse was the first case in a series of meltdowns, a warning of danger in the global order. This full-scale anthropology of financialization and the economic crisis broadly discusses this momentous bubble and burst and places it in theoretical, anthropological, and global historical context through descriptions of the complex developments leading to it and the larger social and cultural implications and consequences.

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Thanks for Watching

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ISBN: 9781607329473 9781607329480 9781607329558 9781646420094 Year: DOI: 10.5876/9781607329558 Language: English
Publisher: University Press of Colorado Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 103895
Subject: Ethnology
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YouTube hosts one billion visitors monthly and sees more than 400 hours of video uploaded every minute. In “Thanks for Watching,” Patricia Lange offers an anthropological perspective on this heavily mediated social environment, demonstrating how core concepts from anthropology—participant-observation, reciprocity, and community—apply to sociality on YouTube and how to reconceptualize and update these concepts for video-sharing cultures. Drawing on 152 interviews with YouTube participants at gatherings throughout the United States, content analyses of more than 300 videos, observations of interactions on and off the site, and participant-observation (in which a researcher becomes part of the community she examines), Lange provides new insight into patterns of digital migration, YouTube’s influence on interactions even off-site, and how the loss of control over image makes users feel posthuman.

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Identity Politics of Difference

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ISBN: 9781607325437 9781646420674 9781646420681 Year: Language: English
Publisher: University Press of Colorado Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 103824
Subject: Ethnology
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Montgomery uses a multidisciplinary approach to examine questions of identity construction and multiracialism through the experiences of mixed-race Native American students at a tribal school in New Mexico. She explores the multiple ways in which these students navigate, experience, and understand their racial status and how this status affects their educational success and social interactions. Based on in-depth interviews with nine students who identify as mixed-race (Native American–White, Native American–Black, and Native American–Hispanic), Montgomery challenges us to scrutinize how the category of "mixed-race" bears different meanings for those who fall under it based on their their outward perceptions, including their ability to "pass" as one race or another.

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Ancient Households of the Americas

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ISBN: 9781607325383 9781646420667 9781646420650 Year: Language: English
Publisher: University Press of Colorado Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 103823
Subject: Archaeology
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Several different cultures — Iroquois, Coosa, Anasazi, Hohokam, San Agustín, Wankarani, Formative Gulf Coast Mexico, and Formative, Classic, Colonial, and contemporary Maya — are analyzed through the lens of household archaeology in concrete, data-driven case studies. "This excellent book should be heavily used by anyone with an interest in household archaeology." —North American Archaeologist "There are a number of excellent studies that scholars interested in household archaeology will find highly useful." —Journal of Anthropological Research "This collection underscores the importance of household archaeology to the study of social dynamics." —Choice "This volume is an impressive one. . . . In an era in which household archaeology has become essential to archaeological praxis, this volume is indeed essential reading." —Cambridge Archaeological Journal

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Anthropology

Mixtec Evangelicals

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ISBN: 9781607325642 9781607324232 Year: Pages: 161 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_617497 Language: English
Publisher: University Press of Colorado Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 103434
Subject: Ethnology
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MIXTEC EVANGELICALS is a comparative ethnography of four Mixtec communities in Oaxaca, detailing the process by which economic migration and religious conversion combine to change the social and cultural makeup of predominantly folk-Catholic communities. The book describes the effects on the home communities of the Mixtecs who travel to northern Mexico and the United States in search of wage labor and return having converted from their rural Catholic roots to Evangelical Protestant religions. O’Connor demonstrates the ways that neoliberal policies have forced Mixtecs to migrate and how migration provides the contexts for conversion. Converts challenge the set of customs governing their Mixtec villages by refusing to participate in the Catholic ceremonies and social gatherings that are at the center of traditional village life. Home communities have responded in a number of ways—ranging from expulsion of converts to partial acceptance and adjustments within the village.

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Political Landscapes of Capital Cities

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ISBN: 9781607324683 9781607324690 Year: Language: English
Publisher: University Press of Colorado Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 102229
Subject: Archaeology
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"[Political Landscapes of Capital Cities] is a welcome contribution to the study of the spatialization of society and suggests paths that anthropologists can take to analyze political space in urban and non-urban settings alike." —Anthropology Review Database "[O]utstanding contributions of an interdisciplinary group of authors trained in different methodologies. . . . offer[s] both scholarly and popular audiences wide-ranging perspectives in exploring, imagining, perceiving and experiencing capital cities." —Journal of Urban Cultural Studies

The Rain Gods’ Rebellion

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ISBN: 9781607329565 9781607329565 Year: Pages: 168 DOI: 10.5876/9781607329565 Language: English
Publisher: University Press of Colorado Grant: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Subject: Social Sciences --- History --- Ethnology
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"The Rain Gods’ Rebellion examines Nahua oral narratives to illuminate the cultural basis of the 1977–1984 rebellion against the local Hispanic elite in Huitzilan de Serdán, Mexico. Drawing from forty years of fieldwork in the region, James M. Taggart traces the sociopolitical role of Nahua rain gods—who took both human and divine forms—back hundreds of years and sheds new light on the connections between social experiences and the Nahua understanding of water and weather in stories. As Taggart shows, Nahua tales of the rain gods’ rebellion anticipated the actual 1977 land invasion in Huitzilan, in which some 200–300 Nahua were killed. The Rain Gods’ Rebellion reveals how local culture evolves from the expression of unrest to organized insurgency and then into collective memory. Taggart records a tradition of storytelling in which Nahuas radicalized themselves through recounting the rain gods’ stories—stories of the gods organizing and striking with bolts of lightning the companion spirits of autocratic local leaders who worked closely with mestizos. The tales are part of a tradition of resisting the friars’ efforts to convert the Nahuas, Totonacs, Otomi, and Tepehua to Christianity and inspiring nativistic movements against invading settlers. Providing a rare longitudinal look at the cultural basis of this grassroots insurgency, The Rain Gods’ Rebellion offers rare insight into the significance of oral history in forming Nahua collective memory and, by extension, culture. It will be of significance to scholars of Indigenous studies, anthropology, oral history, and violence studies, as well as linguistic anthropologists and sociolinguists."

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