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Monuments, Empires, and Resistance

Monuments, Empires, and Resistance
The Araucanian Polity and Ritual Narratives

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  • Date Published: April 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521872621

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  • From AD 1550 to 1850, the Araucanian polity in southern Chile was a center of political resistance to the intruding Spanish empire. In this book, Tom D. Dillehay examines the resistance strategies of the Araucanians and how they used mound building and other sacred monuments to reorganize their political and culture life in order to unite against the Spanish. Drawing on anthropological research conducted over three decades, Dillehay focuses on the development of leadership, shamanism, ritual, and power relations.

    • A new anthropological approach to the study of mound-building cultures in prehistory
    • The first extensive English-language study of the Araucanian indigenous people of South America
    • First time in world anthropological literature that ritual narratives have been collected between shamans and mounds or monuments
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    "...groundbreaking book... Monuments, Empires, and Resistance is an important text for archaeologists and anthropologists interested in the social, political, ideological, and demographic processes and associated with monumentalism." --Journal of Anthropological Research

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    • Date Published: April 2007
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521872621
    • length: 506 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 29 mm
    • weight: 1.04kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Purposes, settings, and definitions
    2. Shaping analogical and conceptual perspectives
    3. Araucanian prehistory and history: old biases and new views
    4. Imbricating social, material, metaphorical, and spiritual worlds
    5. The ethnographies of kuel, narratives, and communities
    6. An archaeological view of kuel and rehuekuel
    7. Contact, fragmentation, and recruitment and the rehuekuel
    8. Recursiveness, kinship geographies, and polity
    9. Epilogue and dying mounds.

  • Author

    Tom D. Dillehay, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee

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