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Taríacuri's legacy : the prehispanic Tarascan state

Author: by Helen Perlstein Pollard ; introduction by Shirley Gorenstein. ; Helen Perlstein Pollard
Publisher: Norman, OK : University of Oklahoma Press, [1993] ©1993
Series: Civilization of the American Indian series, v. 209.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In Tariacuri's Legacy: The Prehispanic Tarascan State, Helen Perlstein Pollard draws upon ethnohistoric documentation, ecological data, and archaeological research, including her own recent work in the region, to provide the first comprehensive overview of the Tarascan state, one of the two great political powers the Spanish encountered when they arrived in Mexico in the early sixteenth century. The Tarascans  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: by Helen Perlstein Pollard ; introduction by Shirley Gorenstein. ; Helen Perlstein Pollard
ISBN: 9780806124971 0806124970
OCLC Number: 26801144
Description: xx, 266 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction / Shirley Gorenstein --
1. Protohistoric Mesoamerica and the Tarascans. The Tarascan Heritage. Studying the Protohistoric State. The Lands of the Lord of Tzintzuntzan --
2. The Tarascan Capital: Tzintzuntzan. The Tarascan Capital as an Urban Center. Tarascan Society in the Capital. The Imperial Capital --
3. The Political Core: Lake Patzcuaro Basin. Human Ecology of the Basin. Protohistoric Settlement of the Basin. Economic Networks Within the Basin. Administrative Networks Within the Basin. Transport Networks Within the Basin. The Protohistoric Settlement Structure --
4. The Expansion of the Tributary State. The Legendary and Historic Expansion of the Kingdom. The Multiethnic State. Tarascan Warfare --
5. Economic Integration Within the Tarascan Frontier. The Role of Economic Exchange. The Nature of Exchange Within the Sate. Production of Goods and Services --
6. Administration of the State. The Structure of Authority. Territorial Divisions Within the State. Political Power, Class, and Ethnicity --
7. The Ideology of Power: The State Religion and the Tarascan Intellectual Tradition. State Cults and Deities. Tarascan World View, Cosmology, and Ritual. Practitioners. The Calendar. Sacred Places. Illness, Treatment, and the Social Good. The Material Expression of Belief: Tarascan Art --
8. The Tarascan Kingdom Within Mesoamerican Prehistory. The Shadow of the Aztec Empire: Tarascan-Aztec Relations. The Emergence of a West Mexican Civilization. The Tarascan Kingdom as an Archaic State --
Appendix 1. Tzintzuntzan: Archaeological Survey --
Appendix 2. Tzintzuntzan: The Ceramic Artifacts --
Appendix 3. Tzintzuntzan: The Lithic Artifacts.
Series Title: Civilization of the American Indian series, v. 209.
Responsibility: by Helen Perlstein Pollard ; introduction by Shirley Gorenstein.

Abstract:

In Tariacuri's Legacy: The Prehispanic Tarascan State, Helen Perlstein Pollard draws upon ethnohistoric documentation, ecological data, and archaeological research, including her own recent work in the region, to provide the first comprehensive overview of the Tarascan state, one of the two great political powers the Spanish encountered when they arrived in Mexico in the early sixteenth century. The Tarascans dominated western Mexico - in a state founded, according to legend, by the mythical Tariacuri - as fully as the Aztecs dominated the central Valley of Mexico, but until recently they have been little studied and poorly understood. There are several reasons for this neglect: Spanish chroniclers recognized but did not focus on the Tarascans, who were far from the heart of the Spanish administration in Central Mexico; nineteenth-century archaeologists were more drawn to the spectacular monumental sites of the Maya area and of Central Mexico; and, in the twentieth century, the Aztec model was the paradigm for civilization against which other Mexican states were measured. In more recent years, however, the Tarascan state has become a subject of growing interest, and in the last decades the work of Helen Perlstein Pollard in particular has revealed much about this remarkable civilization. Pollard's survey of Tzintzantzun has led her to identify specialized zones and to define the urban character of this central administrative city, as well as its economic, political, ecological, social, ideological, and cultural relationship to other parts of the Tarascan state. She emphasizes the importance of metallurgy, in particular, as a marker of elite social status and a major source of wealth for the ruling dynasty. Placing the Tarascan state in the larger context of Mesoamerica, Pollard shows one complex and brilliant variant of archaic civilizations. The text is accompanied by twenty-three maps and thirty-four photographs.

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