Estudios Latinoamericanos vol. 25 (2005)



La globalización en los países andinos y la situación de la población indígena
Aleksander Posern-Zieliński

Short description (Adapted from introductory paragraph):
“Since the early 90s of the 20th century, I followed systematically the development of the socio-cultural and ethno-political situation in the Andean region, meaning the countries in West South America, whose territories include the Pacific coast, and extend into the Andes. The main area of my anthropological investigations relates to three countries, namely to Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru. Despite the fundamental differences in economic development and particular political differences that can be observed, these countries have much in common. This allows me to treat this region as a single cultural entity and to compare similarities between processes taking place here…”

Translated and adapted by Michal Gilewski


El contexto social de la fiesta étnica de Año Nuevo Purhépecha - reflexiones teóricas
Agata Hummel

Short description (Adapted from introductory paragraph)

“This article is dedicated to the study of theoretical concepts that the author used in interpreting the phenomenon of celebrations of “El Año Nuevo Purhepecha” [New Year Purhepecha] related to the Purhépecha people of Michoacan, Mexico. The article is based on the author’s research conducted during two field trips in 2004, but is not focused on ethnographic description of the phenomenon. Here, the author decided to research problem in the general and theoretical perspectives […].”

Adapted and translated by Michal Gilewski


A etnicizacao do campo xamanístico em um contexto de expressiva mudanca sociocuitural
Maria Rosario G. de Carvalho

The article describes the problem of shamanism in relation to the Kiriri people.
(Description work in progress)


The great name confirmation ceremonies of the Mebéngokre of Central Brazil and the fabrication of beautiful people
Vanessa Lea

Description (fragment of introductory paragraph)

“This paper analyzes the relationship between ritual, power and hierarchy among the Mebengokre (better known as the Kayapó) of Central Brazil. I began research with the Métyktire subgroup of this Jé speaking people in 1978. They are one of the best known indigenous peoples of Brazil due to their stunning geometric body paint designs and their magnificent body adamants.(…)”


Os etnonimos e a "descanibalizacáo" dos Botocudos: alteridades redefinidas no contato
Izabel Missagia de Mattos

Short description:

The article relates to the problems of negative stereotypes of the indigenous population of the Mucuri.
Description - Work in Progress


A etnia Kaingang em Sao Paulo: abordagem etnográfica e etnohistórica
Niminon Suzel Pinheiro

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The article studies the origins of recent societal developments among the Kaingang people.
Description - Work in Progress


Antes os Brancos já existiam: uma análise crítica do modelo do contato de Terence Turner para os Kayapó
Joana Miller

Short description:

The article reviews existing anthropological investigations related with the Kayapó indigenous group.

Description (Work in progress)


Legitimidad, etnicidad y política entre los aztecas
Carlos Santamarina

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The article is a printed version of a lecture titled “The Indian elites of the 16th century: Identity and strategies after the conquest of Mexico” given at the University of Warsaw in Decmeber 2003. The article describes the socio-political structures of the Aztec world. It describes the social organization practices that were related with the Aztec conquest.


Variabilidad y personalidad iconográfica de las deidades antropomorfas mochica: una aproximación estadística
Miłosz Giersz, Patrycja Prządka-Giersz

Short description:

The article debates the statistics of iconographic diversity and figures in anthropomorphic representations of Moche deities. Important hypotheses on Moche art were suggested before by Christopher Donnan, who argued that Moche iconography is based on a very strict cultural code – every element is carefully planned and was meaningful. This was opposed by Krzysztof Makowski. The aim of this research was to test these ideas using statistical analyses of set ceramics (figurative depictions). The results suggest that Moche iconography does not follow a strict code. While a few elements or attributes clearly relate with certain persons or deities, there is a great number of other elements that do not show such relations.