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Indigenous navigation tradition in North Patagonia: connections, contacts and routes between theoriental and occidental slopes of the Andes

Author(s): Catherine Lavier ; Nicolas Lira

Year: 2014

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This research is presented as a study of indigenous navigation and their boats (dugouts and plankboats) for the north Patagonia lakes region, and as an effort to systematize the findings on this subject that are spread and out of context in this area, with the aim of contributing to an understanding of the practices and technologies of indigenous sailing tradition and origin. The taxa identification (wood anatomy), typology and morphology, traceology (tool traces, manufacture and use wears), as well as dendrochronology, let us study wooden remains not only as chronological and ecological markers, but also capable of giving economic, cultural and technological information. The aim of this work is, by the study of the wooden boats, to make a contribution in the comprehension of the practices and technologies of the indigenous tradition navigation in north Patagonia ; helping to understand the history of mobility, the use of space and its transformations bythe indigenous communities from prehispanic periods until XXth century.


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Indigenous navigation tradition in North Patagonia: connections, contacts and routes between theoriental and occidental slopes of the Andes. Catherine Lavier, Nicolas Lira. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437422)


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PaperId(s): POS-99,11

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