This collection of materials is derived from Professor Isbell's 40 years of research in the Andes, primarily in the southern Andean department of Ayacucho and specifically in the village of Chuschi, Peru and the surrounding region of the River Pampas Valley. Included are approximately 1500 photographs and thirteen songs, delivered through ARTstor, and six articles and Professor Isbell's ethnography, To Defend Ourselves, delivered through Cornell Library's D-Space. For more information please visit Prof. Isbell's website.

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  • De inmaduro a duro: lo simbolico femenino y los esquemas andinos de genero 

    Isbell, Billie Jean (Biblioteca Andina, 1997)
    My motivation for writing this chapter is to call attention to a 'Feminine Symbolic' that I believe constitutes the core of Andean conceptualizations of gender. The argument that I will present is as follows: The feminine, ...
  • The Ontogenesis of Metaphor: Riddle Games among Quechua Speakers Seen as Cognitive Discovery Procedures 

    Isbell, Billie Jean; Roncalla, Fredy Amilcar (UCLA Latin American Center., 1977)
    Metaphor, it is argued, plays an important function in cognitive and semantic development of Quechua-speaking children who engage in riddle games. It appears that riddling among the Quechua functions as a discovery procedure ...
  • Awaq nawin: el ojo del tejedor, la practica de la cultura en el tejido 

    Isbell, Billie Jean; Franquemont, Christine; Franquemont, Edward M. (Cusco : Centro de Estudios Rurales Andinos, Bartolom? de Las Casas, 1992-07)
  • Culture Confronts Nature in the Dialectical World of the Tropics 

    Isbell, Billie Jean (New York Academy of Science, 1982)
    As an anthropologist, I would like to suggest that the tropics provide a perceptual environment that promotes and enhances a particular 'science of the concrete, whereby perceived order in the environment is the basis for ...
  • Public Secrets from Peru 

    Isbell, Billie Jean (2005-09-14)
    In deciding to create a drama about violence in Peru, I have moved away from the usual academic discourse into the arena of performance. I have made this move for a number of reasons: foremost is my desire that English-speaking ...
  • Violence in Peru: Performances and Dialogues 

    Isbell, Billie Jean (American Anthropologist, 1998)
    I wish not only to influence my readers' perceptions of the political violence that has shaken Peru in the last decade and a half, but also to transform the relationship of researchers to such events and the rules of ...
  • To Defend Ourselves, Ecology & Ritual in an Andean Village 

    Isbell, Billie Jean (2005-08-05)
    The ethnography, To Defend Ourselves, describes a series of rituals that maintain social structure and practices in the community of Chuschi, Peru. It was first published in 1978, with a second edition published in 1985 ...


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