The Teleoscopic Polity

Andean Patriarchy and Materiality

  • Tom D. Dillehay

Part of the Contributions To Global Historical Archaeology book series (CGHA, volume 38)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. History and Polity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Tom D. Dillehay
      Pages 3-30
    3. Tom D. Dillehay
      Pages 31-54
  3. The Setting and Evidence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Tom D. Dillehay
      Pages 77-100
    3. Tom D. Dillehay
      Pages 101-121
    4. Ana M. Abarzúa, Alia G. Pinchicura, Leonora Jarpa, Alejandra Martel-Cea, Mieke Sterken, Rodrigo Vega et al.
      Pages 123-141
    5. Tom D. Dillehay, José Saavedra Zapata
      Pages 143-220
    6. Claudia Silva Díaz
      Pages 221-235
    7. Tom D. Dillehay
      Pages 237-253
    8. Tom D. Dillehay, J. Paige Silcox, Carlos Ocampo E.
      Pages 255-274
  4. The Teleoscopic Polity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 275-275
    2. Tom D. Dillehay, J. Paige Silcox
      Pages 313-320
    3. Tom D. Dillehay, Oscar Seguel, Mario Pino Q.
      Pages 361-382
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 383-388

About this book


This volume provides an up-to-date and in-depth summary and analysis of the political practices of pre-Columbian communities of the Araucanians or Mapuche of southcentral Chile and adjacent regions. This synthesis draws upon the empirical record documented in original research, as well as a critical examination of previous studies. By applying both archaeological and ethnohistorical approaches, the latter including ethnography, this volume distinguishes itself from many other studies that explore South American archaeology. Archaeological and traditional-historical narratives of the pre-European past are considered in their own terms and for the extent to which they can be integrated in order to provide a more rounded and realistic understanding than otherwise of the origins and courses of ecological, economic, social and political

changes in the south-central Andes from late pre-Hispanic times, through the contact period and up to Chile’s independence from Spain (ca. AD 1450-1810). Both the approach and the results are discussed in the light of similar situations elsewhere.


Throughout its treatment, the volume continually comes back to two central questions: (1) how did the varied practices, institutions, and worldviews of the Mapuche’s ancient

communities emerge as a historical process that resisted the Spanish empire for more than 250 years, and (2) how were these communities reproduced and transformed in the face of ongoing culture contact and landscape change during the early Colonial period? These questions are considered in light of contemporary theoretical concepts regarding practice, landscape, environment, social organization, materiality, community, and what the author refers to as a teleoscopic political formation that will make the book relevant for students and scholars interested in similar processes elsewhere.


Mapuche ancient past Spanish colonization in the Andes archaeology of colonialism material culture of pre-Columbian communities practices of pre-Columbian communities resistance to colonization

Authors and affiliations

  • Tom D. Dillehay
    • 1
  1. 1.AnthropologyVanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA

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