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Account of the Fables and Rites of the Incas

by Cristóbal de Molina, Brian S. Bauer & Vania Smith-Oka

Only a few decades after the Spanish conquest of Peru, the third Bishop of Cuzco, Sebastián de Lartaún, called for a report on the religious practices of the Incas. The report was prepared by Cristóbal de...


The Ecology of the Barí: Rainforest Horticulturalists of South America

by Stephen Beckerman & Roberto Lizarralde

Inhabiting the rainforest of the southwest Maracaibo Basin, split by the border between Colombia and Venezuela, the Barí have survived centuries of incursions. Anthropologist Roberto Lizarralde began studying...


A Future for Amazonia: Randy Borman and Cofán Environmental Politics

by Michael Cepek

Blending ethnography with a fascinating personal story, A Future for Amazonia is an account of a political movement that arose in the early 1990s in response to decades of attacks on the lands and peoples of...


Tales of Two Cities: Race and Economic Culture in Early Republican North and South America

by Camilla Townsend

With a common heritage as former colonies of Europe, why did the United States so outstrip Latin America in terms of economic development in the nineteenth century? In this innovative study, Camilla Townsend...


Foxboy: Intimacy and Aesthetics in Andean Stories

by Catherine J. Allen & Julia Meyerson

Once there was a Quechua folktale. It begins with a trickster fox's penis with a will of its own and ends with a daughter returning to parents who cannot recognize her until she recounts the uncanny adventures...


Anay's Will to Learn: A Woman's Education in the Shadow of the Maquiladoras

by Elaine Hampton & Anay Palomeque de Carillo

The opening of free trade agreements in the 1980s caused major economic changes in Mexico and the United States. These economic activities spawned dramatic social changes in Mexican society. One young Mexican...


Kuna Art and Shamanism: An Ethnographic Approach

by Paolo Fortis

Known for their beautiful textile art, the Kuna of Panama have been scrutinized by anthropologists for decades. Perhaps surprisingly, this scrutiny has overlooked the magnificent Kuna craft of nuchukana-wooden...


Digital Ethnography: Anthropology, Narrative, and New Media

by Natalie M. Underberg & Elayne Zorn

Digital ethnography can be understood as a method for representing real-life cultures through storytelling in digital media. Enabling audiences to go beyond absorbing facts, computer-based storytelling allows...


Muslim Rap, Halal Soaps, and Revolutionary Theater: Artistic Developments in the Muslim World

by Karin van Nieuwkerk

From "green" pop and "clean" cinema to halal songs, Islamic soaps, Muslim rap, Islamist fantasy serials, and Suficized music, the performing arts have become popular and potent avenues for Islamic piety movements,...


The Shaman's Mirror: Visionary Art of the Huichol

by Hope MacLean

Huichol Indian yarn paintings are one of the world's great indigenous arts, sold around the world and advertised as authentic records of dreams and visions of the shamans. Using glowing colored yarns, the Huichol...


Cultures of Migration: The Global Nature of Contemporary Mobility

by Jeffrey H. Cohen & Ibrahim Sirkeci

Around the globe, people leave their homes to better themselves, to satisfy needs, and to care for their families. They also migrate to escape undesirable conditions, ranging from a lack of economic opportunities...


Anthropology, Economics, and Choice

by Michael Chibnik

In the midst of global recession, angry citizens and media pundits often offer simplistic theories about how bad decisions lead to crises. Many economists, however, base their analyses on rational choice theory,...


Kinship Myth in Ancient Greece

by Lee E. Patterson

In ancient Greece, interstate relations, such as in the formation of alliances, calls for assistance, exchanges of citizenship, and territorial conquest, were often grounded in mythical kinship. In these cases,...


The Informal and Underground Economy of the South Texas Border

by Chad Richardson & Michael J. Pisani

Much has been debated about the presence of undocumented workers along the South Texas border, but these debates often overlook the more complete dimension: the region's longstanding, undocumented economies...


The Eighth Day: Social Evolution as the Self-Organization of Energy

by Richard Newbold Adams

Can human social evolution be described in terms common to other sciences, most specifically, as an energy process? The Eighth Day reflects a conviction that the human trajectory, for all its uniqueness and...


Kinship to Kingship: Gender Hierarchy and State Formation in the Tongan Islands

by Christine Ward Gailey

Have women always been subordinated? If not, why and how did women's subordination develop? Kinship to Kingship was the first book to examine in detail how and why gender relations become skewed when classes...


Andean Entrepreneurs: Otavalo Merchants and Musicians in the Global Arena

by Lynn A. Meisch

Native to a high valley in the Andes of Ecuador, the Otavalos are an indigenous people whose handcrafted textiles and traditional music are now sold in countries around the globe. Known as weavers and merchants...


Between Field and Cooking Pot: The Political Economy of Marketwomen in Peru, Revised Edition

by Florence E. Babb

From reviews of the first edition: "Between Field and Cooking Pot offers details of the daily lives of marketwomen in the central Andean departmental capital of Huaraz.... A welcome addition to studies of women...


Rituals of Respect: The Secret of Survival in the High Peruvian Andes

by Inge Bolin

"In the remoteness of their mountain retreat, the herders of Chillihuani, Peru, recognize that respect for others is the central and most significant element of all thought and action," observes Inge Bolin....


The Reformation of Machismo: Evangelical Conversion and Gender in Colombia

by Elizabeth E. Brusco

Protestant evangelicalism has spread rapidly in Latin America at the same time that foreign corporations have taken hold of economies there. These concurrent developments have led some observers to view this...