This comprehensive reference offers an authoritative overview of Andean lifeways. It provides valuable historical context, and demonstrates the relevance of learning about the Andes in light of contemporary events and debates. The volume covers the ecology and pre-Columbian history of the region, and addresses key themes such as cosmology, aesthetics, gender and household relations, modes of economic production, exchange, and consumption, postcolonial legacies, identities, political organization and movements, and transnational interconnections. With over 40 essays by expert contributors that highlight the breadth and depth of Andean worlds, this is an essential resource for students and scholars alike.

chapter |13 pages


The Andean world

part I|45 pages

Geographies, landscapes, and environments

part II|51 pages

Engaging with ancestral legacies

chapter 6|16 pages

Life and death in the Central Andes

Human biology, violence, and burial patterns in ancient Peru

part III|45 pages

Andean cosmologies

part IV|43 pages

Conquest, invasion, and resistance

chapter 12|14 pages

Viracocha vs. God

Andean thought and cultural change in colonial Bolivia 1

part V|46 pages


chapter 13|14 pages

Making and unmaking the Andean food pyramid

Agronomy, animal science, and ideology

chapter 14|16 pages

Drinking together

Continuity and change in the Andean world

part VI|61 pages

Social, political, and religious organization and resilience

chapter 17|14 pages

Andean gods and Catholic saints

Indigenous and Catholic intercultural encounters

part VII|59 pages

Postcolonial legacies in the Andes

chapter 20|12 pages

Ordinary states

Fantasy, fear, and displacement in twentieth-century Peruvian state formation

chapter 21|15 pages

Agrarian reform and “development”

chapter 22|15 pages

Revolutions and violence

chapter 23|15 pages

Extreme violence in museums of memory

The place of memory in Peru

part IX|67 pages

Aesthetics, communication, and performance

chapter 28|13 pages

Patron saint festivals and dance in Peru

Histories told from within

chapter 29|16 pages

Andean musical expressions

Ethnographic notes on materialities, ontologies, and alterities

chapter 31|19 pages

Art for a modern peru

The poetics and polemics of Indigenismo

part X|47 pages

Writing, education, and state power

chapter 32|17 pages

Three axes of variability in Quechua

Regional diversification, contact with other indigenous languages, and social enregisterment

part XI|64 pages

Landscapes of contemporary Andean worlds

chapter 35|16 pages

Hip hop and guinea pigs

Contextualizing the urban Andes

chapter 37|15 pages

Citizenship and rights

chapter 38|15 pages

Transnational circuits

Migration, money, and might in Peru’s Andean communities