The best-known Ecuadorian ethnohistorian, Segundo E. Moreno Yánez (not Yáñez, a common family name I have seen cited for him in library catalogs), has attempted a very ambitious survey of the pre-Columbian evolution of the northern highlands of Ecuador. He defines his area of interest as between two river valleys, both flowing toward the Pacific: the Chota-Mira in the north and the Pisque- or Chiche-Guayllabamba in the south. The Chota-Mira also forms the northern boundary of Imbabura Province, delimiting it from Carchi Province, while the Guayllabamba is slightly south of Imbabura, extending into northern Pichincha Province but not so far south as Quito. Since so much of the argument of this book is geographic territory, it is tragic that the only map provided (p. 36) is virtually unusable: it has no names (only site codes with no key), no geographic features, and is reproduced at such a small scale as...

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