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By Rosaleen Howard-Malverde

An incredible hindrance in present anthropological pondering is that the tactic of recording or translating into writing a society's cultural expressions--dance, rituals, pottery, the social use of area, et al--cannot support yet essentially regulate the that means of the residing phrases and deeds of the tradition in query. therefore, fresh researchers have built extra dialogic tools for accumulating, studying, and proposing facts. those new thoughts have yielded a lot luck for anthropologists operating in Latin the USA, particularly of their efforts to appreciate how economically, politically, and socially subordinated teams use tradition and language to withstand the dominant nationwide tradition and to claim a different ancient id. This assortment addresses those problems with "texts" and textuality because it explores numerous Latin American languages and cultures.

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Thus, while the state can attempt to control the representation of its past and thus validate its actions in the present, the past experience of those involved in the rituals will also be brought to bear on their interpretations. I have shown how many aspects of people's daily lives might be activated in this sense to provide the interpretation that effectively constitutes state power; nevertheless, they also provide a dimension of interpretation that the state cannot control. Thus, the enactment of the Independence Day parades across the nation does not imply a homogeneous understanding of, or response to, these ritual practices.

The catching of the condor involves a similar attention to the hill spirits, offerings, divination, and, once the condor is caught, careful attention and respect. Both the owners of the bulls and the herders continue these magical practices in the village as they attempt to encourage and support their bulls. The owners, for example, throw hot peppers, alcohol, and oranges from the Town Hall balcony to make their animals more tierce through the contagious magic of "hot" substances, and the herders offer alcohol to the bulls to establish a relationship of support.

The declaration of independence in 1821 referred to a political struggle between two groups of Hispanics and did not in 24 TEXTUALISING HISTORIES AND IDENTITIES any sense imply the end of European cultural influence, particularly at the level of state activities. If anything, these influences increased as the independent state sought to integrate the population in the service of the new political economy. History, as coherent authoritative narrative, is thus an important aspect of the state's symbolic production.

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