Between Art and Artifact: Archaeological Replicas and Cultural Production in Oaxaca, Mexico

Ronda Lynn Brulotte, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico

Colloquium, SAR Boardroom

Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free

Author and UNM anthropologist Ronda Brulotte will discuss her book Between Art and Artifact: Archaeological Replicas and Cultural Production in Oaxaca, Mexico (University of Texas Press 2012), which provides an ethnographic examination of the politics of heritage tourism and artisan production in southern Mexico. Although Mexican artisans have made and sold replicas of pre-Hispanic archaeological pieces for at least 100 years, until now there has been no extensive study documenting the social or economic circumstances of their creations. Between Art and Artifact seeks to understand the broader aesthetic and sociopolitical dimensions of replica crafts, particularly the ways in which they comment on Oaxaca’s development into a world-class cultural tourism destination.

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