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A tremendous drawback in present anthropological considering is that the strategy of recording or translating into writing a society's cultural expressions--dance, rituals, pottery, the social use of area, et al--cannot aid yet essentially adjust the that means of the dwelling phrases and deeds of the tradition in query. for this reason, fresh researchers have built extra dialogic equipment for gathering, reading, and proposing info. those new options have yielded a lot luck for anthropologists operating in Latin the US, in particular of their efforts to appreciate how economically, politically, and socially subordinated teams use tradition and language to withstand the dominant nationwide tradition and to say a unique old identification. This assortment addresses those problems with "texts" and textuality because it explores quite a few Latin American languages and cultures.

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Every Sunday in the larger cities, schools take turns in parading in the square and saluting the national flag. It is most particularly in the schools that these nationalist sentiments are fostered. Here the ritual is enacted on a small scale every Monday morning throughout the nation, and it is in this social space that children are taught about the importance of the independence of Peru, an event that is not remembered in the oral tradition of the region. The continual repetition of these symbolic practices in the everyday lives of the people of villages such as Ocongate enables the state to use an event as distant and removed from contemporary experience as the signing of a document by a Colombian army general in 1821 to motivate national consciousness and to have the kind of emotive impact on people's lives that I have described.

In the wake of colonisation, cultural hybridisation may be the only means whereby an effective indigenous discourse of resistance can evolve: the "authentically indigenous" is an inescapable anachronism in such a setting, while the alternative to hybridisation is the engulfment of the indigenous by the hegemonic cultural forms and values of the colonising society. 13 16 IINTRODUCTION Concluding remarks The essays in this volume represent Andeanist scholarship within a number of fields—anthropology, linguistics, history, literature—and reflect the diverse scholarly traditions of a range of countries.

The focus is on lived experience and owes much to Munn's discussion of how regionality is constituted in experience, as part of the lived world of the island of Gawa in Melanesia. She stresses the importance of looking at the "experiential syntheses that actors create in practices and the events that transpire in their terms" and that these syntheses occur "through microhistorical processes in which Gawans carry forward certain past events (spatiotemporal 'moments') and configure certain futures in their present experience" (Munn 1990: 2).

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