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Paper Title: HUICHOL MOVEMENT AND ITS ARCHAEOLOGICAL IMPLICATIONS
Author: LONI KANTOR (Arizona State University)   
Date/Time: Fri., 11:00 AM
Co-Author(s): LONI KANTOR (Arizona State University) 
Abstract: In step with this year's theme it is argued that the circulation of people, or how we move about, is a generative process whereby the places we inhabit are created or modified and woven together to form a landscape. In light of its formative role, it follows that human movement should be a part of our assessment of a people's landscape and the places that comprise it. In this paper I present ethnographic data on human movement from the Huichol area in Jalisco, Mexico, and specify how it enhances our understanding of the nature and scope of the Huichol landscape. I then describe how insights from the study of Huichol movement in both everyday and ritual settings may serve as source data for evaluating human movement in archaeological contexts. Findings show that Huichol movement for subsistence purposes is highly variable and encompasses a surprisingly vast geographical area. Results also indicate that human movement itself is an integral component of Huichol ritual practice, though highly choreographed movement tends to be confined to community-wide rituals at large ceremonial centers. Overall these findings provide valuable insights for assessing the scale of ancient landscapes in the region and determining the functions of ancient places therein.

Program Number: 3-0405
Session Title: ARCHAEOLOGIES OF NETWORKS AND CIRCULATION
Session Sponsor: Archaeology Division
Session Date/Time: Fri., 10:15 AM-12:00 PM
Organizer(s): ANNUAL MEETING PROGRAM COMMITTEE (AAA) 
Chair(s): JACK ROSSEN (Ithaca College)  
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