The Politics of Connectivity at Khonkho Wankane, Bolivia

Author(s): Scott Smith

Year: 2015


Located in the southern Lake Titicaca basin of Bolivia, the Late Formative period (200 BC – AD 500) center of Khonkho Wankane was a dynamic place where groups of mobile agropastoralists and caravan drovers engaged with resident ritual specialists. In a social context characterized by diversity, population fluctuation, and mobility, what form did political practice take? I review evidence from Khonkho Wankane for interaction with areas throughout the south central Andes and I explore some of the ways that earlier traditions, both local and distant, were cited and modified at Khonkho Wankane. I argue that ritual specialists at Khonkho Wankane creatively deployed and reconfigured a diversity of objects, ideas, and traditions to negotiate the politics of periodic ritual encounters and events.

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The Politics of Connectivity at Khonkho Wankane, Bolivia. Scott Smith. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396349)


Geographic Keywords
South America

Spatial Coverage

min long: -93.691; min lat: -56.945 ; max long: -31.113; max lat: 18.48 ;