Pre-Columbian Foodways

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Food, Culture, and Markets in Ancient Mesoamerica

Author: John Staller,Michael Carrasco

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781441904713

Category: Social Science

Page: 691

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The significance of food and feasting to Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures has been extensively studied by archaeologists, anthropologists and art historians. Foodways studies have been critical to our understanding of early agriculture, political economies, and the domestication and management of plants and animals. Scholars from diverse fields have explored the symbolic complexity of food and its preparation, as well as the social importance of feasting in contemporary and historical societies. This book unites these disciplinary perspectives — from the social and biological sciences to art history and epigraphy — creating a work comprehensive in scope, which reveals our increasing understanding of the various roles of foods and cuisines in Mesoamerican cultures. The volume is organized thematically into three sections. Part 1 gives an overview of food and feasting practices as well as ancient economies in Mesoamerica. Part 2 details ethnographic, epigraphic and isotopic evidence of these practices. Finally, Part 3 presents the metaphoric value of food in Mesoamerican symbolism, ritual, and mythology. The resulting volume provides a thorough, interdisciplinary resource for understanding, food, feasting, and cultural practices in Mesoamerica.


3,000 Years of the Maya Hearth

Author: Amber M. O'Connor,Eugene N. Anderson

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442255269

Category: Cooking

Page: 216

View: 4875


K’Oben traces the Maya kitchen and its associated hardware, ingredients, and cooking styles from the earliest times for which there is archaeological evidence through today’s culinary tourism in the area.

Political Strategies in Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica

Author: Sarah Kurnick,Joanne Baron

Publisher: University Press of Colorado

ISBN: 1607324164

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

View: 3858


Political authority contains an inherent contradiction. Rulers must reinforce social inequality and bolster their own unique position at the top of the sociopolitical hierarchy, yet simultaneously emphasize social similarities and the commonalities shared by all. Political Strategies in Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica explores the different and complex ways that those who exercised authority in the region confronted this contradiction. New data from a variety of well-known scholars in Mesoamerican archaeology reveal the creation, perpetuation, and contestation of politically authoritative relationships between rulers and subjects and between nobles and commoners. The contributions span the geographic breadth and temporal extent of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica—from Preclassic Oaxaca to the Classic Petén region of Guatemala to the Postclassic Michoacán—and the contributors weave together archaeological, epigraphic, and ethnohistoric data. Grappling with the questions of how those exercising authority convince others to follow and why individuals often choose to recognize and comply with authority, Political Strategies in Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica discusses why the study of political authority is both timely and significant, reviews how scholars have historically understood the operation of political authority, and proposes a new analytical framework to understand how rulers rule. Contributors include Sarah B. Barber, Joanne Baron, Christopher S. Beekman, Jeffrey Brzezinski, Bryce Davenport, Charles Golden, Takeshi Inomata, Arthur A. Joyce, Sarah Kurnick, Carlo J. Lucido, Simon Martin, Tatsuya Murakami, Helen Perlstein Pollard, and Víctor Salazar Chávez.

Maize Cobs and Cultures: History of Zea mays L.

Author: John Staller

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9783642045066

Category: Social Science

Page: 262

View: 2831


Our perceptions and conceptions regarding the roles and importance of maize to ancient economies is largely a product of scientific research on the plant itself, developed for the most part out of botanical research, and its recent role as one of the most important economic staples in the world. Anthropological research in the early part of the last century based largely upon the historical particularistic approach of the Boasian tradition provided the first evidence that challenged the assumptions about the economic importance of maize to sociocultural developments for scholars of prehistory. Subsequent ethnobotanic and archaeological studies showed that the role of maize among Native American cultures was much more complex than just as a food staple. In Maize Cobs and Cultures, John Staller provides a survey of the ethnohistory and the scientific, botanical and biological research of maize, complemented by reviews on the ethnobotanic, interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary methodologies.

Routledge International Handbook of Food Studies

Author: Ken Albala

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136741666

Category: Social Science

Page: 424

View: 7749


Over the past decade there has been a remarkable flowering of interest in food and nutrition, both within the popular media and in academia. Scholars are increasingly using foodways, food systems and eating habits as a new unit of analysis within their own disciplines, and students are rushing into classes and formal degree programs focused on food. Introduced by the editor and including original articles by over thirty leading food scholars from around the world, the Routledge International Handbook of Food Studies offers students, scholars and all those interested in food-related research a one-stop, easy-to-use reference guide. Each article includes a brief history of food research within a discipline or on a particular topic, a discussion of research methodologies and ideological or theoretical positions, resources for research, including archives, grants and fellowship opportunities, as well as suggestions for further study. Each entry also explains the logistics of succeeding as a student and professional in food studies. This clear, direct Handbook will appeal to those hoping to start a career in academic food studies as well as those hoping to shift their research to a food-related project. Strongly interdisciplinary, this work will be of interest to students and scholars throughout the social sciences and humanities.

Food, Ecology, and Culture

Readings in the Anthropology of Dietary Practices

Author: John R. K. Robson

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780677160900

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 143

View: 403


First published in 1980. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America: A-J

Author: Andrew F. Smith

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780195175516

Category: Cooking

Page: 751

View: 6756


The history of food and drink in America is an exciting tale of unexpected twists and turns filled with with hot-shot inventors, high-flying promoters, and hard-hitting advertisers. From the California coast to Coney Island, this book takes readers on a panoramic journey through American culinary history. 250 halftone illustrations.

Tradiciones Nuevomexicanas

Hispano Arts and Culture of New Mexico

Author: Mary Caroline Montaño

Publisher: N.A


Category: Art

Page: 374

View: 2280


Surveys both religious and secular arts in New Mexico from the sixteenth century to the present, including festivals, music, dance, the visual arts, language arts, and food and healing.

Myths of Pre-Columbian America

Author: Donald Alexander Mackenzie

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486293790

Category: Social Science

Page: 351

View: 2599


Expert discussions of such myths and mythological figures as the milk goddess and her pot symbol, the jewel-water and mugwort goddess, goddesses of love and food, Tlaloc and the dragon, love and mother deities, Quetzalcoatl, many more. Also, symbolism, burial customs, other topics. Over 70 illustrations. Map.

Moctezuma's Table

Author: Cantuu Norma Elia Brisenao Rolando

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 1603443134

Category: ART

Page: 201

View: 4608


The Conch

An Expandable Folk Food of the Bahamas

Author: Thomas Henry Magness

Publisher: N.A


Category: Fishing

Page: 342

View: 9486


Pre-Columbian America

Empires of the New World

Author: Britannica Educational Publishing

Publisher: Britannica Educational Publishing

ISBN: 1615302115

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 224

View: 5909


From the Mayan calendar to the Toltec architecture at Chichén Itzá, the bequests of ancient Mesoamerican civilizations have endured long after the societies that created them declined. The intellectual and cultural achievements of Pre-Columbian America rivaled those of ancient Rome and Egypt, and greatly enriched the landscape of present-day Mexico and Central America. The traditions, social organizations, languages, and ideas that shaped each of these cultures are examined in this fascinating volume.

In Pre-Columbian America

Author: Marylou Kjelle

Publisher: Mitchell Lane Publishers, Inc.

ISBN: 1612280269

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 64

View: 1843


If you were a boy growing up in pre-Columbian America, you would learn how to hunt, grow crops, or fish for your dinner. If you were a girl, you’d learn how to skin animals and use the hides to make clothing, or twist the fibers of plants to make yarn. You might also be a builder—taking bark and sewing it to saplings to make a shelter called a wigwam. Even though you wouldn’t go to school, you’d learn everything you needed to know to become a happy and healthy member of society. Older members of the clan would teach you. Find out how the many cultures across the land, from the Thules and the Iroquois to the people of the Great Plains, lived, loved, and celebrated life in the Americas before European settlement.

Eating Landscape

Aztec and European Occupation of Tlalocan

Author: Philip P. Arnold

Publisher: N.A


Category: Social Science

Page: 287

View: 2348


How do people meaningfully occupy the land? In sixteenth-century Mexico, Aztec and Spanish understandings of land formed the basis of their cultural identities. Their distinctive conceptions of land also established the traumatic character of cultural contract. Filling a gap in the coverage of Aztec cosmology, Eating Landscape brings hermeneutics to archaeology and linguistic analysis in new ways that will be of interest to historians of religion and archaeologists alike.