Earth Beings: Ecologies of Practice across Andean Worlds
Marisol de la Cadena is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Davis, and the author of
Mariano’s Archive: The Eventfulness of the Ahistorical
A box full of documents—a historical archive—was the object that prompted the relationship from which this book resulted. This story conceptualizes the archive as a boundary object: an entity that serves heterogeneous communities of practices, which do not have a unique definition for the object that brings them together. Particular to this archive, the boundaries that it straddles are historical and ahistorical: it was made both by state practices (from legal practices to indigenous scribes’ reading and writing the documents) as well as by in-ayllu practices, as earth-beings cared for it. Following this archive, this story unfolds the concept of...