Khipu historiography

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This article considers the historiography of khipus, the corded fibre technology used in the Andes to record information such as demographic data, inventories, labour tribute, histories, genealogies, biographies and missives. An overview of archeological and ethnographic khipus is first presented. This essay then addresses the following two questions: (1) how can khipus inform us about Inka history; and (2) how do modern khipus serve as sites of memory and identity?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopédie des historiographies
Subtitle of host publicationAfriques, Amériques, Asies
EditorsNathalie Kouamé, Eric P. Meyer, Anne Viguier
Place of PublicationParis
PublisherInalco Press
Number of pages12
Volume1 and 2
ISBN (Electronic)9782858313457
ISBN (Print)9782858313440
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2020

Publication series



  • Latin America
  • Andes
  • Khipus
  • History
  • Inkas
  • Writing
  • Corded fibre


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