The Flocks of the Wamani

The Flocks of the Wamani : A Study of Llama Herders on the Punas of Ayacucho, Peru

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In this volume, the authors present an original ethnographic study of five llama herding communities in Ayacucho, Peru. Data on herd dynamics are subjected to computer modeling in an effort to evaluate the roles of biology, symbolic and ritual behavior, ecological adaptation, and practical reason. The book contains the most detailed study of the waytakuy llama marking ceremony yet available. The role of this ceremony in preventing herds from going to extinction is evaluated against anthropological and sociobiological theory. This is an interdisciplinary book will appeal to professional archaeologists, prehistorians, cultural anthropologists, Andeanists, theoretical biologists, evolutionary biologists, and zoologists interested in animal domestication.
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  • Paperback | 239 pages
  • 154.9 x 223.5 x 7.6mm | 476.28g
  • Elsevier Science Publishing Co Inc
  • United States
  • English
  • 1
  • 0122598369
  • 9780122598364

Table of contents

Introduction. Andean Nature. Andean Culture. The People of the Puna. The Guanaco and the Llama. Herd Dynamics I: The "Oliver Twist" Model. Herd Dynamics II: The "Santa Claus" Model. Chupa and Waytakuy. Herd Dynamics III: The "Surf City" Model. Herd Dynamics IV: Sunay and Adaptation. Sunay and Dual Inheritance Theory. Nature, Culture, and Practical Reason. References. Index.
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"Combining a mix of ethnoarchaeology and simulation modeling of llama herds, the work has no competitors." --CHOICE
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