By Mary W. Helms

Ancient Panama provides intensity to our knowing of the political and non secular elite ruling in Panama on the time of the ecu conquest. Mary W. Helms's examine significantly expands wisdom of the distribution, quantity, and structural nature of those pre-Columbian chiefdoms.

In addition, Helms delves extra deeply into opt for features of old Panamanian political platforms, together with the connection among elite pageant and mainly prestige, using sumptuary items within the expression of elite strength, and the position of elites in neighborhood and long-distance alternate networks. In an important departure from conventional considering, she proposes that the quest for esoteric wisdom used to be extra vital than fiscal alternate in constructing long-distance touch between chiefdoms.

The basic info for the learn are derived from sixteenth-century Spanish documents via Oviedo y Valdés, Andagoya, Balboa, and others. the writer additionally turns to ethnographic information from modern local humans of Panama, Colombia, tropical the United States, and Polynesia for analogy and comparability. the result's a hugely leading edge research which illuminates not just pre-Columbian Panamanian elites but in addition the character of chiefdoms as a particular cultural type.

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