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LAIS Welcome Back Lunch / Tertulia

October 20, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Khipu, and Andean Instrument of Management, Memory and Power with Dr. Lydia Fossa

In our first tertulia of the year, Peruvian researcher Lydia Fossa will discuss her most recent findings on khipus, the famed bunches of colored cords dotted with knots used by the Inkas, revealing them as instruments of
management, memory and power. Was the khipu limited to representing a particular language or were its symbols comprehensible to all inhabitants of the Inka empire? If so, asks Dr. Fossa, can we say
that literacy did not exist in Ancient Peru?


October 20, 2023
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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McCune Conference Room HSSB 6020