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Author Dransart, Penny.

Title Earth, Water, Fleece and Fabric : an Ethnography and Archaeology of Andean Camelid Herding
Edition 1st ed
Published Abingdon, Oxon : Taylor and Francis, 2003
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Description 1 online resource (323 pages)
Contents Front Cover -- Earth, Water, Fleece and Fabric -- Copyright Page -- Contents -- List of plates -- List of figures -- List of tables -- Preface -- 1. Threads through time -- 2. Camelids, land and water in the South-Central Andes -- 3. Caring for herd animals in Isluga -- 4. Flowers of the herds: the wayñu ceremony in Isluga -- 5. The transformation of fleece into yarn -- 6. Historical perspectives on herding technology -- 7. The emergence of herding societies in the Atacama -- 8. The yarns and fabrics of Tulan societies -- 9. Conclusions: earth, water, fleece and fabric -- Appendix -- Glossary -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary Through a richly detailed examination of the practices of spinning yarn from the fleece of llamas and alpacas, Earth, Water, Fleece and Fabric explores the relationship that herders of the present and of the past have maintained with their herd animals in the Andes. Dransart juxtaposes an ethnography of an Aymara herding community, based on more than ten years fieldwork in Isluga in the Chilean highlands, with archaeological material from excavations in the Atacama desert. Impeccably researched, this book is the first systematic study to set the material culture of pastoral communities against an understanding of the long-term effects of herding practices
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Subject Aymara Indians.
Aymara textile fabrics -- Chile
Camelidae -- Chile
Pastoral systems -- Chile
Aymara Indians.
Aymara textile fabrics.
Pastoral systems.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0203219732