Introduction to Status and Identity in the Imperial Andes: A Collection of Transhistorical Studies

  • Sarah A. KennedyEmail author
  • Scotti M. Norman


The papers in this special issue arise from the Status and Identity in the Imperial Andes session held at the 2017 meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in Vancouver, Canada. That session focused on the role of status and power in shaping colonial interactions and identities throughout the Andes during the fifteenth to seventeenth century CE. The papers in this issue examine how Inka and colonial period individuals (indigenous, African, Iberian, mestizo, etc.) selectively incorporated or rejected Imperial goods, and how differing levels of access to these goods may have influenced social status, health, and relationships with imperial actors.


Imperialism Colonialism Andes Status Identity Transhistorical Transconquest 



We would like to thank all the contributors to this volume for addressing these important themes and contributing such meaningful articles. Not all the presenters in our original SAA session were able to contribute to this special issue, and we thank them for their earlier contributions and insightful comments. We are especially thankful to Susan deFrance and Jeffrey Quilter for providing the original commentary for the SAA session, which spurred the creation of the present issue. Finally, we thank Charles Orser for his invitation to publish this volume and for his support and guidance along the way.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Pre-Columbian Studies ProgramHarvard University Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and CollectionWashingtonUSA
  3. 3.Department of AnthropologyVanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA

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