Pollard, Helen Perlstein. Tariacuri's legacy: the prehispanic Tarascan state

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Chapter 1 Protohistoric Mesoamerica And The Tarascans

The Tarascan Heritage

The Tarascan Language (purépecha)

The People

Studying The Protohistoric State

The Documentary Record

The Archaeological Evidence

Human Paleoecology

Modern Ethnography

The Lands Of The Lord Of Tzintzuntzan

Chapter 2 The Tarascan Capital : Tzintzuntzan

The Tarascan Capital As An Urban Center

Settlement Size And Population

Urban Land Use

Residential Zones

Manufacturing Zones

Public Zones

Tarascan Society In The Capital

The Household: Kinship, Family, And Lineage

The Ward Or District

Social Classes

The Imperial Capital

Chapter 3 The Political Core : Lake Pátzcuaro Basin

Human Ecology Of The Basin

Environmental Zones


Biotic Zones

Open Water

Tule-reed Marsh

Lakeshore Vegetation


Pine And Pine/oak Forest

Fir Forest

Protohistoric Land Use

Agricultural Land

Class I Land

Class Ii Land

Class Iii Land


Tule-reed Marsh

Open Water

Protohistoric Settlement Of The Basin

Settlement Location

Settlement Size And Function

Protohistoric Demography

Economic Networks Within The Basin

Administrative Networks Within The Basin

Transport Networks Within The Basin

The Protohistoric Settlement Structure

Chapter 4 The Expansion Of The Tributary State

The Legendary And Historic Expansion Of The Kingdom

The Multiethnic State

Tarascan Warfare

Chapter 5 Economic Integration Within The Tarascan Frontier

The Role Of Economic Exchange

The Nature Of Exchange Within The Tarascan State

Market Exchange

The Tribute System

Direct State Ownership Of Resources

Production Of Goods And Services

Chapter 6 Administration Of The State

The Structure Of Authority

Territorial Divisions Within The State

Political Power, Class, And Ethnicity

Chapter 7 The Ideology Of Power: The State Religion And The Tarascan Intellectual Tradition

State Cults And Deities



Related Deities



Related Deities


Related Sky Deities

Celestial First-born Gods: The Sky Gods


Gods Of The Four Quarters

Gods Of The Right And Left Hands

Ucumu (uhcumo)

Some Minor Deities

Tarascan World View, Cosmology, And Ritual


The Calendar

Sacred Places

Nature: Mountains, Springs, And Caves

Sacred Constructions


Ball Courts

Burials And Death


Illness, Treatment, And The Social Good

The Material Expression Of Belief: Tarascan Art


Stone Sculpture

Lapidary And Metalwork

Woodwork, Featherwork, And Textiles

Clay Objects

Ideology Through Art

Chapter 8 The Tarascan Kingdom Within Mesoamerican Prehistory

The Shadow Of The Aztec Empire: Tarascan-aztec Relations

Military And Political Engagement

Economic Exchange

Protohistoric Ethnic Stereotypes

The Emergence Of A West Mexican Civilization

Political Unification

Social Stratification

Gender Stratification

Class And Factional Resistance

The Tarascan Kingdom As An Archaic State

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Tariacuri's legacy: the prehispanic Tarascan state

Published By: Original publisher Norman: University of Oklahoma Press. 1993. xx, 266 p. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication by Helen Perlstein Pollard ; introduction by Shirley Gorenstein

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2001. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. West Mexico Postclassic (NU76)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Topography and geology (133); Ceramic technology (323); Lithic industries (324); Settlement patterns (361); Status, role, and prestige (554); Social relationships and groups (571); Territorial hierarchy (631); Government institutions (640); Spirits and gods (776);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document Pollard explores the rise of the Tarascan state making extensive reference to the 'Relación de Michoacán' (RM) and the 'Relaciones Geográficas' (RG). In this book, Pollard examines the Tarascan capital, the Lake Pátzcuaro Basin, and the Tarascan state during the Protohistoric period. She discusses warfare, the diverse ethnic groups within the Tarascan state, economic exchange, the administration of the state, religion, and art among other things. She also discusses the Aztec view of the Tarascans and their relations with each other. She incorporates her 1970 fieldwork into this study particularly when examining the settlement patterns within the Tarascan capital of Tzintzuntzan. Her field work data are also presented in greater detail in the appendices. A brief description of the prehistory of west Mexico from the Paleo-Indian period up through the Postclassic period is included in this work.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 4

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. nu76-004

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 245-262) and index

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1970

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Archaeologist-4,5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Sarah Berry ; 1999

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 650 BP - 480 BP (1350 A.D. - 1520 A.D.)

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Tarascan State; Michoacán, Guanajuato, Jalisco, and Guerrero, Mexico

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Indians of Mexico--Antiquities


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