Hail Paths and Springs: An Ontological Study of Indigenous Engagements in the Lake Titicaca Basin

Lecture | November 29 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Christine Hastorf, Director, Archaeological Research Facility, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology

 Jewell Soriano

 Archaeological Research Facility

The current focus of the Taraco Archaeological Project is gathering information to help us better understand how residents conceptualized, created and lived in their landscape over the longue durée of settled life. Having engaged in archaeological research in this area since 1992, this project is gathering ethnographic information of how contemporary dwellers talk about, engage with, and conceive of their landscape. In 2017 we recorded open-ended interviews with residents, asking them to speak in their own words about their activities, lives, remembrances, tasks, and daily engagements with their landscape. Working with Aymara ethnographers we are plotting both their taskscapes and their spiritscapes. This is allowing us to better understand how indigenous concepts have been materialized in the landscape, both past and present.