Archaeological and Anthropological Perspectives on the Native Peoples of Pampa, Patagonia, and Tierra del Fuego to the Nineteenth Century

Synopsis

When the regions of Pampa, Patagonia, and Tierra del Fuego were first described to the Spanish crown, they were presented as being empty of human inhabitants. In truth, the area--although indeed large with a low overall population density--supported a thriving foraging community. The research presented here testifies to the complex history of the Mapuche, Tehuelche, Rankuelche, and Fueguian peoples. Anthropological studies investigate biological and cultural population diversity, early archaeological records, and ethnographic details of kinship, religion, ritual, and language, revealing a more accurate record of the past.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Claudia Briones
  • José Luis Lanata
  • Ricardo A. Guichón
  • Gustavo G. Politis
  • Luis Alberto Borrero
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 2002