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A history of the khipu

Galen Brokaw

A history of the khipu

by Galen Brokaw

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Published by Cambridge University Press in Cambridge, New York .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Indians of South America -- Peru -- Languages -- Writing,
  • Literacy -- Peru -- History,
  • Indians of South America -- Peru -- Politics and government,
  • Indians of South America -- Peru -- Social conditions,
  • Spaniards -- Peru -- History,
  • Quipu -- History,
  • Peru -- Politics and government,
  • Peru -- Ethnic relations,
  • Peru -- Social conditions,
  • Peru -- Antiquities

  • Edition Notes

    Includes bibliographical references and index.

    StatementGalen Brokaw.
    SeriesCambridge Latin American studies -- 94
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsF3429.3.Q6 B765 2010
    The Physical Object
    Paginationp. cm.
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL24117723M
    ISBN 109780521197793
    LC Control Number2009045435
    OCLC/WorldCa463855237

    Khipu illustration from ‘The Book, Its History and Development’ () (via Internet Archive). William Neuman reports on the importance of the new discovery for the New York Times. At the. Instead, the Inkas\' records consisted of devices made of knotted and dyed strings--called khipu--on which they recorded information pertaining to the organization and history of their empire. Despite more than a century of research on these remarkable devices, the khipu remain largely undeciphered.

    Urton therefore has also studied the Andean theory of numbers and the creation of history in an Andean village. His latest book Signs of the Inka Khipu: Binary Coding in the Andean Knotted String Records builds upon these studies in order to investigate a particular Andean form of “inscribing” information that was used by the Inca to.   In this book, Gary Urton sets forth a pathbreaking theory that the manipulation of fibers in the construction of khipu created physical features that constitute binary-coded sequences which store units of information in a system of binary recordkeeping that was used throughout the Inka s: 5.

    Enjoy millions of the latest Android apps, games, music, movies, TV, books, magazines & more. Anytime, anywhere, across your devices. Books. Brokaw Galen, , A History of the Khipu, Cambridge University Press, New York, p. [] Curatola Petrocchi Marco & Puente Luna José de la (eds.), , El quipu colonial, PUCP, Lima, p. Julien Catherine, , Reading Inca History, University of Iowa Press, Iowa City, p. [].


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A history of the khipu by Galen Brokaw Download PDF EPUB FB2

In recent years, however, a renewed interest in the khipu has led researchers to begin broadening the scope of the field. Even so, very little work has dealt with the history of this medium. This book addresses this oversight by constructing an interdisciplinary history of the khipu from pre-Hispanic times through Cited by:   Absolutely masterful.

This is a compilation of Dr. Urton's years of painstaking and brilliant research on the Inka khipu (which entwines in intricate and fascinating ways with Urton's other stunningly original studies on Andean astronomy, Quechua mathematics, and Inka/Spanish colonial myth and history," among much, much more)/5(6).

A history of the Khipu / This book begins by proposing a theoretical model that reconciles orality-literacy studies and media theory in order to avoid the specious dichotomization of societies into those with and those without writing.

The more relevant issue is the way in which a given society distributes semiotic function. A history of the Khipu. [Galen Brokaw] -- This book begins by proposing a theoretical model that reconciles orality-literacy studies and media theory in order to avoid the specious dichotomization of societies into those with and those.

Instead, the Inkas' records consisted of devices made of knotted and dyed strings—called khipu—on which they recorded information pertaining to the organization and history of their empire.

Despite more than a century of research on A history of the khipu book remarkable devices, the khipu remain largely undeciphered. history of the khipu at the beginning of the book to provide a context that would ground the theoretical arguments and textual analyses.

At the time, I was familiar with the few short historical studies that had been published by Carlos Assadourian, Carmen Loza, Tristan Platt, and Gary Urton, and I suspected that my chapter would do something. A quipu, or knot-record (also called khipu), was a method used by the Incas and other ancient Andean cultures to keep records and communicate the absence of an alphabetic writing system, this simple and highly portable device achieved a surprising degree of precision and flexibility.

Using a wide variety of colours, strings, and sometimes several hundred knots all tied in Author: Mark Cartwright. The Inka Empire stretched over much of the length and breadth of the South American Andes, encompassed elaborately planned cities linked by a complex network of roads and messengers, and created astonishing works of architecture and artistry and a compelling mythology—all without the aid of a graphic writing system.

Instead, the Inkas' records consisted of devices made of knotted and dyed. Indigenous sign-systems, such as pictographs, petroglyphs, hieroglyphs, and khipu, are usually understood as relics from an inaccessible past. That is far from the truth, however, as Edgar Garcia makes clear in Signs of the Americas.

Rather than being dead languages, these sign-systems have always been living, evolving signifiers, responsive to their circumstances and able to continuously.

Khipu - Imagine a simple three-dimensional object that keeps track of an amazing array of information. The Inca invented one over years ago in Peru.

Imagine a simple three-dimensional object that uses mathematics, history, accounting, and. Instead, the Inkas' records consisted of devices made of knotted and dyed strings—called khipu—on which they recorded information pertaining to the organization and history of their empire. Despite more than a century of research on these remarkable devices, the khipu Reviews: 3.

year to learning about the quipu (khipu), a complex system of knotted coloured strings or cords used largely for accounting purposes.

In the fourth year major attention was given to the study of history, with additional instruction in sciences, geometry, geography, and astronomy. The instructors were highly respected encyclopaedic scholars.

Narrative Threads: Accounting and Recounting in Andean Khipu (Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Series in Latin American and Latino Art and Culture) - Kindle edition by Quilter, Jeffrey, Urton, Gary. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Narrative Threads: Accounting and Recounting Reviews: 3.

Outline of the Book. This book is organized into five sections, each of which aims at exploring a different aspect of the many khipu studies I have carried out, either on my own or with colleagues,1 over the past almost quarter-century.

This outline follows the series of section headings and the chapters found therein. Part I: Background. A model of khipu knots Urton picked up a book and happened to spot a Spanish census document from the same region and time period.

“history has been written from the perspective of the. He examined several examples at the American Museum of Natural History in detail. In a paper, Locke argued that the knots on the strings of a quipu represented the decimal digits of numbers, arranged vertically by place value. He extended this research in this volume, published by the American Museum of Natural History in Winner, PROSE Award, Biological Anthropology, Ancient History, & Archaeology, Association of American Publishers (AAP), Inka khipus—spun and plied cords that record information through intricate patterns of knots and colors—constitute the only available primary sources on the Inka empire not mediated by the hands, minds, and motives of the conquering Europeans.

The book opens with two chapters intended to provide the reader with background material. In the first chapter, Gary Urton reviews the history of khipu studies, beginning with accounts from the early Spanish chronicles and documents. In this all-new very special miniseries, the Aldens have been recruited by a secret society to return lost artifacts and treasures to their rightful locations—all around the world.

The final leg of the Aldens’ journey brings them to South America and to the Salt Flats in northern. Khipu, according to the Khipu Database Project, was a tool used by the Inka empire from until the Spanish Conquest of Peru in (when the Spanish conquerors destroyed the khipu they came across for fear that they were idolatrous objects (Wilford)) for record keeping and to deliver messages between the different civilizations within the empire.

Gary Urton’s recently published book, Inka History in Knots: Reading Khipus as Primary Sources (Univ. of Texas Press, ), lays out a methodology for approaching khipu accounts as sources for writing Annales-style histories of the Inka state—i.e., histories based on administrative data, such as censuses, tribute records, storehouse.In this book, Gary Urton sets forth a pathbreaking theory that the manipulation of fibers in the construction of khipu created physical features that constitute binary-coded sequences which store units of information in a system of binary recordkeeping that was used throughout the Inka empire.Gary Urton, Signs of the Inka Khipu: Binary Coding in the Andean Knotted-String Records, Austin, TX, University of Texas Press, Index to more Mathematical Treasures.

Index of Mathematical Objects.