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ANTH 4144

Peoples and Cultures of Latin America (also offered as 5144 for graduate students)

No prerequisites.

An ethnohistorical and ethnographic perspective of indigenous peoples of Latin America (including Central America, South America, and the Caribbean), with an emphasis on the Inca State and contemporary Andean people. This class will introduce students to various case photostudies from this “mythical” and geographical area, including mining in highland Bolivia, shamanism in lowland Amazonia, community solidarity in contemporary rural Guatemala, and changing socio-political structures in Cuba. The class will focus on issues related to pre-Colombian cultures in Latin America, European discovery and colonialism, popular culture in urban Latin America, and enduring tensions between indigenous peoples and the nation-state.