Weigand, Phil C.. The political organization of the trans-Tarascan zone of western Mesoamerica on the eve of Spanish conquest

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Title: The political organization of the trans-Tarascan zone of western Mesoamerica on the eve of Spanish conquest

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Culture and contact : Charles C. Di Peso's Gran Chichimeca, edited by Anne I. Woosley and John C. Ravesloot

Published By: Original publisher Culture and contact : Charles C. Di Peso's Gran Chichimeca, edited by Anne I. Woosley and John C. Ravesloot Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press. 1993. 191-217, 253-291 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Phil C. Weigand

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 Identification (101); Reviews and critiques (114); Theoretical orientation in research and its results (121); Acculturation and culture contact (177); Settlement patterns (361); External trade (439); Routes (487); External relations (648);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document Weigand discusses the political organization of west Mexico shortly before the Spanish conquest. To do this he first discusses some of the inherent difficulties of using the ethnohistorical data and what he calls the maximalist and minimalist schools of thought. Weigand discusses population levels before the Spanish arrived. He believes the best estimates are those of Guzman and Tello. The epidemics which followed the Spanish would have disrupted the region and effected the nobility, military, and traders first. The political organization of west Mexico changed because of Tarascan conquest attempts; the various states formed political alliances for defense. The Tarascan state seems to have wanted access and control of rare resources (such as salt, copper, obsidian, etc.) and of trade routes. Weigand discusses some of the resources of the various prehispanic states of west Mexico, especially Sayula/Techaluta and Etzatlan. The evidence that these were complex societies can be seen by examining, 'zonal settlement patterns, settlement specialization, craft specialization, demography, resistance to Tarascan imperialism, and expansion and consolidation,' (p. 211). Weigand also discusses trade routes, particularly that of turquiose.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 8

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. nu76-008

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

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 253-291)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document not specified

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). Late Postclassic Period to 1530 A.D.

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) west Mexico

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

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