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Wearing Culture: Dress and Regalia in Early Mesoamerica and Central America

Editor(s): Heather Orr ; Matthew Looper

Year: 2014

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Summary

Wearing Culture connects scholars of divergent geographical areas and academic fields-from archaeologists and anthropologists to art historians-to show the significance of articles of regalia and of dressing and ornamenting people and objects among the Formative period cultures of ancient Mesoamerica and Central America.

Documenting the elaborate practices of costume, adornment, and body modification in Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Oaxaca, the Soconusco region of southern Mesoamerica, the Gulf Coast Olmec region (Olman), and the Maya lowlands, this book demonstrates that adornment was used as a tool for communicating status, social relationships, power, gender, sexuality, behavior, and political, ritual, and religious identities. Despite considerable formal and technological variation in clothing and ornamentation, the early indigenous cultures of these regions shared numerous practices, attitudes, and aesthetic interests. Contributors address technological development, manufacturing materials and methods, nonfabric ornamentation, symbolic dimensions, representational strategies, and clothing as evidence of interregional sociopolitical exchange.

Focusing on an important period of cultural and artistic development through the lens of costuming and adornment, Wearing Culture will be of interest to scholars of pre-Hispanic and pre-Columbian studies.

This resource is a sample of "Wearing Culture: Dress and Regalia in Early Mesoamerica and Central America." Included is the title page, table of contents and first chapter. The publication in its entirety is available through the University Press of Colorado.


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Wearing Culture: Dress and Regalia in Early Mesoamerica and Central America. Heather Orr, Matthew Looper. 5589 Arapahoe Avenue, Suite 206C Boulder, Colorado 80303: University Press of Colorado. 2014 ( tDAR id: 399140) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8SQ91Z8


URL: http://www.upcolorado.com/university-press-of-colorado/item/2006-wearing-culture


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min long: -115.312; min lat: 3.162 ; max long: -58.887; max lat: 31.803 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Beth Svinarich

Contributor(s): Heather Orr ; Matthew Looper ; Jeffrey Blomster ; John Clark ; Arlene Colman ; Caitlin Earley ; Katherine Faust ; Billie Follensbee ; Julia Guernsey ; Guy Hepp ; John Hoopes ; Rosemary Joyce ; Whitney Lytle ; Sophie Marchegay ; Karen O'Day ; Kent Reilly ; Ivy A. Rieger ; Laura Wingfield ; Karon Winzenz

Permitting Agency(s): University Press of Colorado

Repository(s): University Press of Colorado


Notes

General Note: This resource is a sample of "Wearing Culture: Dress and Regalia in Early Mesoamerica and Central America." Included is the title page, table of contents and first chapter. The publication in its entirety is available through the University Press of Colorado.


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