Representing Difference in the Pre-Columbian Andes: An Iconographic Examination of Physical "Disability"
This paper will review iconographic representations of physical disabilities and differences from several Andean societies from different time periods, such as the Inka, Chimú, Wari, Tiwanaku, and Moche. People with physical disabilities were actively included in many societies throughout the Pre-Columbian Andes. Many cultures developed their own social perceptions that benefited people with physical disabilities and differences and they often thought the disabled were more intimately connected to spiritual worlds. People with differences were rarely depicted in a manner of despair, or being helped by others; quite the opposite, people with disabilities were virtually always operating independently even when depicted with a larger group. Artistic depictions of people with disabilities and physical differences often presented such individuals as being active – frequently participating in ritual, playing music, and even appearing content. People with physical differences and disabilities are some of the most overlooked individuals in current Andean research.
SAA 2015 abstracts made available in tDAR courtesy of the Society for American Archaeology and Center for Digital Antiquity Collaborative Program to improve digital data in archaeology. If you are the author of this presentation you may upload your paper, poster, presentation, or associated data (up to 3 files/30MB) for free. Please visit http://www.tdar.org/SAA2015 for instructions and more information.
Cite this Record
Representing Difference in the Pre-Columbian Andes: An Iconographic Examination of Physical "Disability". Ryan Hechler, William Pratt. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 398393)
This Resource is Part of the Following Collections
min long: -93.691; min lat: -56.945 ; max long: -31.113; max lat: 18.48 ;