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The Taking and Displaying of Human Body Parts as Trophies by Amerindians

Author: Richard J Chacon; David H Dye
Publisher: [New York] : Springer, 2007.
Series: Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology.
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Focuses on the practice of taking and displaying various body parts as trophies in both North and South America. This title examines the evidence and causes of Amerindian trophy taking. It also  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard J Chacon; David H Dye
ISBN: 9780387483009 0387483004 9780387483030 0387483039
OCLC Number: 318298644
Contents: North America.- to Human Trophy Taking.- Heads, Women, and the Baubles of Prestige.- Human Trophy Taking on the Northwest Coast.- Ethnographic and Linguistic Evidence for the Origins of Human Trophy Taking in California.- Head Trophies and Scalping.- Human Finger and Hand Bone Necklaces from the Plains and Great Basin.- Predatory War and Hopewell Trophies.- "Otinontsiskiaj ondaon" ("The House of Cut-Off Heads").- Human Trophy Taking in Eastern North America During the Archaic Period.- Severed Heads and Sacred Scalplocks.- Disabling the Dead.- Trophy Taking in the Central and Lower Mississippi Valley.- Latin America.- Captive Sacrifice and Trophy Taking Among the Ancient Maya.- The Divine Gourd Tree.- Sorcery and the Taking of Trophy Heads in Ancient Costa Rica.- From Corporeality to Sanctity.- Human Trophies in the Late Pre-Hispanic Andes.- Seeking the Headhunter's Power.- "Handsome Death".- Human Trophy Taking in the South American Gran Chaco.- Ethics and Ethnocentricity in Interpretation and Critique.- Supplemental Data on Amerindian Trophy Taking.- Conclusions.
Series Title: Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology.
Responsibility: Richard J. Chacon.


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