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Moctezuma, King David, and a Gentile Meet on a Mountain: Religious Factionalism and Indigenous Perceptions of Archaeological Sites, Archaeology, and Archaeologists

Author(s): Danny Zborover

Year: 2015

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The state of Oaxaca in southern Mexico has long been famous for its archaeological tourism, aimed mostly towards urban-based national and international publics. But while this is also the state with the largest indigenous population in Mexico, the contemporary descendents of those archaeological and historical cultures present an important yet mostly unrecognized public whose perceptions of their own past remain poorly studied. Concomitantly, the complex relationships between cultural heritage and stewardship within this dynamic and multicultural landscape often transcend a simplistic dichotomy between ‘academic’ vis-à-vis ‘public’ audiences. This presentation will draw from a decade-long archaeological and ethnographic research in the Chontal highlands, where archaeological sites, archaeology, and archaeologists are perceived differently by diverse indigenous publics, even within the same community. These, in turn, directly shape archaeological research designs and outcomes. A particular emphasis will be placed on the role contemporary religious factionalism plays in these public perceptions of the past, and some of the community-wide outreach initiatives developed to overcome such factional tendencies.

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Moctezuma, King David, and a Gentile Meet on a Mountain: Religious Factionalism and Indigenous Perceptions of Archaeological Sites, Archaeology, and Archaeologists. Danny Zborover. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396966)


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Mesoamerica


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Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America