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Spinning a yarn: landscape, memory and discourse structure in Quechua narratives

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Rosaleen Howard


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The chapter asks whether a study of the cognitive and discursive principles at work in the telling of oral traditional stories in Quechua might contribute insights into how the encoding and decoding of messages in the Inca quipu (knot string records) might have operated. It discusses the relationship between memory, the Andean landscape, and discourse structures in Quechua narrative, and offers a reasoned speculation as to possible links between the structure of narrative, the shape of the Andean landscape, and the encoding of information in the quipu.

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Author(s): Howard R

Editor(s): Urton, G; Quilter, J

Series Editor(s): Lozano, JR; Teresa Lozano, T

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Narrative Threads: Accounting and Recounting in Andean Khipu

Year: 2002

Pages: 26-49

Edition: 1st

Series Title: Long Series in Latin American & Latino Art & Culture

Publisher: University of Texas Press

Place Published: Austin, Texas


Notes: The book is the outgrowth of a round table held at Dumbarton Oaks (Washington, D.C.) in 1997 at which Howard was an invited contributor.

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ISBN: 9780292769038