Peguche, Canton of Otavalo, Province of Imbabura, Ecuador, A Study of Andean Indians

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Author: Parsons, Elsie Clews (1874 - 1941) from the library of Professor George M Foster

Year: 1945

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Place: Chicago

Description:

viii+225 with frontispiece, illustrations, plates, figures, charts, appendix, bibliography and index. Royal octavo (9 1/4" x 6") issued in original publisher's green cloth with gilt lettering to spine. From the library of George M Foster. The University of Chicago Publications in Anthropology, Ethnological Series. First edition.

About the time Columbus was landing at Hispaniola, the Inca emperor Huayna Capac was finishing his conquest of present-day Ecuador. Forty years later Francisco Pizarro and his horsemen smashed the elaborate feudal state structure the Inca had erected and the Hispanization of Andean life began. Peguche is a small Andean settlement of today; its people are the heirs of this manifold tradition. The author made two trips to Ecuador and spent over a year among these Indians. Rosita Lema and her family were Dr Parsons' particular friends and informants, and together they discussed Peguche and its people. Rosita's daughter was born while Parsons was there: the study of the Andean Indian's life-cycle began right in the chief informant's family and continued through child training, marriage, sickness and death. The day-to-day activities of weaving tweeds and homespuns, going to market, praying in church, and tilling a farm are not neglected. The peculiar customs accompanying ordinary activities which distinguish and characterize the Indian group are clearly set forth from first hand observation. Throughout her career Parsons was interested in unraveling the various ethnic strands that make up contemporary Indian culture - in the American Southwest, in Mexico and in Ecuador. She skillfully separates the general Andean substratum from the Hispanic veneer; parallels of unexpected intensity are drawn with the Jibaros, the head-hunters of the Amazon jungle to the east; and comparisons are frequently made between the Andean and Mexican White-Indian cultural blends. The readers of Parsons' other works will find that her usual interest in folklore and ritual has been retained. Peguche is the first report based on actual field work to be published for the Andean area. The story it tells and its pioneer quality make it an important contribution to American ethnology.

George McClelland Foster, Jr born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on October 9, 1913, died on May 18, 2006, at his home in the hills above the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, where he served as a professor from 1953 to his retirement in 1979, when he became professor emeritus. His contributions to anthropological theory and practice still challenge us; in more than 300 publications, his writings encompass a wide diversity of topics, including acculturation, long-term fieldwork, peasant economies, pottery making, public health, social structure, symbolic systems, technological change, theories of illness and wellness, humoral medicine in Latin America, and worldview. The quantity, quality, and long-term value of his scholarly work led to his election to the National Academy of Sciences in 1976. Virtually all of his major publications have been reprinted and/or translated. Provenance from the executor of Foster's library laid in.

Condition:

Foster's stamp on title. Corners bumped. Jacket spine ends and corners chipped, closed tear at front head hinge, edge wear with some small chips, spine sunned else a very good copy in about a very good jacket.

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