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.

K'Oben

3,000 Years of the Maya Hearth

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

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442255269

Category: Cooking

Page: 216

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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

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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.

The Anthropology of Latin America and the Caribbean

Author: Harry Sanabria

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317198212

Category: Social Science

Page: 396

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This wide-ranging introduction to the anthropology of Latin America and the Caribbean offers broad coverage of culture and society in the region, taking into account historical developments as well as the roles of power and inequality. The chapters address key topics such as colonialism, globalization, violence, religion, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, health, and food, and emphasize the impact of Latin American and Caribbean peoples and cultures in the United States. The text has been thoroughly updated for the second edition, including fresh case studies and new chapters on independence, neoliberalism and immigration, and popular culture and the digital revolution. Students are provided with a solid overview of the major contemporary trends, issues, and debates in the field. Each chapter ends with a summary, up-to-date recommendations for viewing films/videos and websites, and a comprehensive bibliography for further reading and research.

Maize Cobs and Cultures: History of Zea mays L.

Author: John Staller

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9783642045066

Category: Social Science

Page: 262

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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.

Tradiciones Nuevomexicanas

Hispano Arts and Culture of New Mexico

Author: Mary Caroline Montaño

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: 374

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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.

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

Author: Andrew F. Smith

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780195175516

Category: Cooking

Page: 751

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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.

Eating Landscape

Aztec and European Occupation of Tlalocan

Author: Philip P. Arnold

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 287

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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.

Index to the Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery, 1981-1994

Author: Russell Harris

Publisher: Prospect Books (UK)

ISBN: N.A

Category: Cooking

Page: 30

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The Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery is perhaps the longest-running annual meeting and conference on these subjects in the world today. It sees a gathering of scholars and professionals from many different disciplines, each contributing their special knowledge to a single overriding theme - the food we eat and the way we eat it. Each year a volume of the essays and lectures delivered to the Symposium is produced, normally devoted to a single aspect of the subject. They have ranged from 'Food in Motion’, to 'Taste’, to 'Disappearing Foods’, and 'Public Eating’. An index to the cumulative set is an essential tool for any student or scholar working in this field. It has been published as a separate volume for the convenience of users, who may have to consult the proceedings themselves in a library or institution.

Die wahre Geschichte der Schokolade

Author: Sophie D. Coe,Michael D. Coe

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3105616144

Category: History

Page: 360

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Dieses Buch entführt uns in die uralte, wechselhafte und überaus spannende Geschichte der Schokolade, die vor dreitausend Jahren in den Hochkulturen der Maya und Azteken begann. Unser »Schokoladenriegel für zwischendurch« verrät nur noch wenig von dieser atemberaubenden und wahren Geschichte, die hier wie in einem Roman nachzulesen ist und Aufschluß gibt über Mentalitäten und Alltagsleben von den mittelamerikanischen Hochkulturen bis heute. (Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine frühere Ausgabe.)

Encyclopedia of Food and Culture: Obesity to Zoroastrianism. Index

Author: Solomon H. Katz,William Woys Weaver

Publisher: Macmillan Reference USA

ISBN: 9780684805672

Category: Cooking

Page: 699

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"This stunning source explores the nutritional and cultural impact of food, with articles written by anthropologists, chefs, food historians, nutritionists, agronomists, food stylists, and other food researches. The well-written and informative entries cover the history of regional cuisines, major festivals and feasts, and general subjects that examine the cultural, sociological, and psychological perspectives of food. Encyclopedia of Food and Culture will be a classic for years to come."--"The Top 20 Reference Titles of the Year," American Libraries, May 2004.

Foodways and Folklore

A Handbook

Author: Jacqueline S. Thursby

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313341731

Category: Social Science

Page: 204

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A comprehensive introduction to the folklore of food from the early Native American cultures to the multicultural cuisine of the present day.