he research on which we base this study was funded by a Senior Col-
Research Grant from the Getty Grant Program in 1995–96,
permitting us to engage in interdisciplinary discussion and interpretation,
and by a Fellowship for University Teachers awarded by the National En-
dowment for the Humanities to Joanne Rappaport in 2000–2001. Work on
the book was completed under a National Endowment for the Humanities
fellowship at the National Humanities Center, awarded to Joanne Rappaport
in 2002–3. The archival documentation used in our analysis was collected by
Joanne Rappaport under a Grant- in- Aid from the Wenner- Gren Foundation
for Anthropological Research in 1989 and with Designated Research Initia-
tive Funds from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 1990, and
by Tom Cummins during a sabbatical year from the University of Chicago
in 2002. The Graduate School of Georgetown University, as well as Harvard
University, provided the funding necessary to permit the reproduction of
color images in this publication, for which we are grateful.
Thanks go to the directors of the archives we consulted, especially to
Grecia Vasco de Escudero, director of the Archivo Nacional del Ecuador,
and Jorge Isaac Cazorla, former director of the Archivo Histórico del Banco
Central del Ecuador in Ibarra. Thanks also to Cristóbal Landázuri, director
of marKa—Instituto de Historia y Antropología Andina (Quito), and his
students, for collaboration in the collection of archival materials and for the
pleasure of a continuing dialogue over the past two decades. We are indebted
to Mercedes López for her assistance in the collection of historical documen-
tation on the Muisca in the Archivo General de la Nación and the Biblio-
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