Apr 28
Chazen Museum of Art, Elvehjem Building (L160)
5:30 PM

Frank Salomon

John V. Murra Professor of Anthropology, UW-Madison
The Farther Shores of Literacy: New World Ethnography and the Question of What Writing Is

Frank Salomon's current project is a detailed study of Rapaz, a community at 4000 meters over sea level, which guards some 263 khipus in a house of traditional ritual from which villagers serve the deified mountains. The project combines close study of these khipus with archaeological, ethnographic, and architectural study of their context. Khipu research bears on questions of "proto-writing," the origin and demise of scripts, and relations between semiosis (sign action) and social complexity.

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