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Woven Stories: Andean Textiles and Rituals

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The Quechua people of southern Peru are both agriculturalists and herders who maintain large herds of alpacas and llamas. But they are also weavers, and it is through weaving that their cultural traditions are passed down over the generations. Owing to the region's isolation, the textile symbols, forms of clothing, and technical processes remain strongly linked to the people's environment and their ancestors.

Heckman's photographs convey the warmth and vitality of the Quechua ...

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Overview

The Quechua people of southern Peru are both agriculturalists and herders who maintain large herds of alpacas and llamas. But they are also weavers, and it is through weaving that their cultural traditions are passed down over the generations. Owing to the region's isolation, the textile symbols, forms of clothing, and technical processes remain strongly linked to the people's environment and their ancestors.

Heckman's photographs convey the warmth and vitality of the Quechua people and illustrate how the land is intricately woven into their lives and their beliefs.

Quechua weavers in the mountainous regions near Cuzco, Peru, produce certain textile forms and designs not found elsewhere in the Andes. Their textiles are a legacy of their Andean ancestors. Andrea Heckman has devoted more than twenty years to documenting and analyzing the ways Andean beliefs persist over time in visual symbols embedded in textiles and portrayed in rituals. Her primary focus is the area around the sacred peak of Ausangate, in southern Peru, some eighty-five miles southeast of the former Inca capital of Cuzco.

The core of this book is an ethnographic account of the textiles and their place in daily life that considers how the form and content of Quechua patterns and designs pass stories down and preserve traditions as well as how the ritual use of textiles sustain a sense of community and a connection to the past. Heckman concludes by assessing the influences of the global economy on indigenous Quechua, who maintain their own worldview within the larger fabric of twentieth-century cultural values and hence have survived everything from Latin American militarism to a tidal wave of post-modern change.

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The remote Ausangate region of the Peruvian Andes is the home of the Quechua weavers portrayed in this highly illustrated cultural analysis. A student of the late Pueblo anthropologist Alfonso Ortiz, Heckman uses her Ph.D. research and time spent traveling as a guide and trekker to reflect her interest in how worldviews can be sustained over time through the art of textile weaving. The ethnography introduces the production and aesthetics of these famous textiles and the social life, languages, and rituals of their creators, descendents of the Inca. More than 100 excellent color photographs depict the textiles, the regional landscape, and its people. A bibliography, glossary, and index also make it appropriate for readers interested in exploring this culture and craft. Heckman's engaging writing style is accessible to general audiences, but the subject will appeal more to college-level readers. Recommended for academic libraries.-Nancy Turner, Syracuse Univ. Lib., NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826329349
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 214
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrea M. Heckman has a Ph.D. in Latin American Studies, focused on anthropology and art history. She is a photographer, weaver, avid trekker, lecturer, and cultural guide. She lives and teaches in Taos, New Mexico.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Preface 1
Introduction 5
Textiles
Ch. 1 Textiles as Visual Metaphor and the Anthropology of Art 21
Ch. 2 Andean Textile Heritage 35
Ch. 3 Geography, Animals, and Agricultural Cycles 53
Ch. 4 Social Structures, Language, and Daily Life 67
Ch. 5 Local Clothing Styles, Looms, and Weaving Techniques 83
Ch. 6 Metaphor and Myth in Weaving Symbols 97
Rituals
Ch. 7 Public Rituals: Andean Religion, Pilgrimage, and Festivals 111
Ch. 8 Rites of Passage and Healing, Ritual Offerings, and Masked Identity 137
Ch. 9 Transitions within Cultures and the Mask of Progress 157
Glossary 177
App Ritual and Agricultural Cycle of Inca Culture 181
Bibliography 185
Index 195
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