By Mary W. Helms
Ancient Panama provides intensity to our realizing of the political and spiritual elite ruling in Panama on the time of the eu conquest. Mary W. Helms's learn tremendously expands wisdom of the distribution, volume, and structural nature of those pre-Columbian chiefdoms.
In addition, Helms delves extra deeply into pick out features of old Panamanian political structures, together with the connection among elite festival and mainly prestige, using sumptuary items within the expression of elite strength, and the function of elites in nearby and long-distance alternate networks. In an important departure from conventional considering, she proposes that the hunt for esoteric wisdom used to be extra vital than fiscal alternate in constructing long-distance touch between chiefdoms.
The fundamental info for the examine are derived from sixteenth-century Spanish files through Oviedo y Valdés, Andagoya, Balboa, and others. the writer additionally turns to ethnographic info from modern local humans of Panama, Colombia, tropical the United States, and Polynesia for analogy and comparability. the result's a hugely cutting edge examine which illuminates not just pre-Columbian Panamanian elites but additionally the character of chiefdoms as a particular cultural type.
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Ancient Panama: Chiefs in Search of Power by Mary W. Helms