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Indigenous South Americans Of The Past And Present : an Ecological Perspective.

Author: David J Wilson
Publisher: New York : Westview Press, 2008.
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Utilizing ethnographic and archaeological data and an updated paradigm derived from the best features of cultural ecology and ecological anthropology, this extensively illustrated book addresses over fifteen South American adaptive systems representing a broad cross section of band, village, chiefdom, and state societies throughout the continent over the past 13,000 years. Indigenous South Americans of the Past and  Read more...
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Wilson, David J.
Indigenous South Americans Of The Past And Present : An Ecological Perspective.
New York : Westview Press, ©2008
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David J Wilson
ISBN: 9780786742424 0786742429
OCLC Number: 851316051
Description: 1 online resource (503 pages)
Contents: Tables and Figures; Preface; Acknowledgments; 1. Introduction; South American Indigenous Groups; Scope of this Book; 2. Theoretical Approach; Historical Background; Perspective of this Book; 3. An Overview of South American Environments; Continent Formation; Environmental Zones; 4. Subsistence and Sociocultural Development; Subsistence Productivity; Productivity and Sociopolitical Integration; Andean Cultivars; Agricultural Origins; Later Andean Cultivars; Hallucinogenic Plants; Kallawaya Medicinal Herbs; 5. Band Societies Present and Past; Band-Level Marginality; The Ona and Yahgan. The NukakThe Paleoindian Period; 6. Amazonian Villages and Chiefdoms; Environments and Adaptation; The Mundurucu, Yanomamo, and Shuar-Jivaro; The Desana; The Omagua; Roosevelt's and Clastres's Models; 7. Northwest Villages and Chiefdoms; The Kogi; The Tairona Predecessors; Valdivia Culture; 8. Contemporary Central Andean Villages; Adaptation to the Sierra; The Q'eros Quechua; The Kallawaya; 9. Preshistoric Central Andean States; Adaptation to Coastal Peru; Moseley's Maritime Complexity Model; Carneiro's Coercive Model; The Chavin Cult; The Moche; The Inca. 10. Toward a Scientific Paradigm in South Americanist StudiesThe Systems-Hierarchical Evolutionary Paradigm; Other Paradigms, Other Models; Indigenous Adaptive Systems; Glossary; References; Index.

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Utilizing ethnographic and archaeological data and an updated paradigm derived from the best features of cultural ecology and ecological anthropology, this extensively illustrated book addresses over fifteen South American adaptive systems representing a broad cross section of band, village, chiefdom, and state societies throughout the continent over the past 13,000 years. Indigenous South Americans of the Past and Present presents data on both prehistoric and recent indigenous groups across the entire continent within an explicit theoretical framework. Introductory chapters provide.

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