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THE CLOUD PEOPLE

Divergent Evolution of the Zapotec and Mixtec Civilizations


edited by
KENT V. FLANNERY and JOYCE MARCUS
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan

With a New Introduction by the Editors

Praise from readers . . .

“Brilliantly synthesizes the rich, diachronic record of prehispanic Oaxaca, Mexico, from the region’s first inhabitants to the Spanish conquest. The Cloud People remains a classic, a cornerstone of any library with an interest in ancient Mexico or social evolution.”
Gary M. Feinman, The Field Museum

The Cloud People revolutionized the world of Oaxacan archaeology. This classic in the literature of Mesoamerican prehistory is the major resource on Oaxacan prehistory and should be present on the bookshelves of everyone interested in prehispanic Mesoamerica.”
Stanton W. Green in Winterthur Portfolio

The Cloud People represents an outstanding example of the power of an integrated historical anthropology. Flannery and Marcus’s use of a phylogenetic approach directly and positively influenced my own work in Oceania and should appeal to anyone who is interested in the holistic methods of historical anthropology. It remains a classic in the field.”
Patrick V. Kirch, University of California at Berkeley

“In the two decades since The Cloud People was first published, it has not lost any of its luster or importance for the field of archaeology. A highly useful and stimulating exemplar of the key role that regional archaeological studies can play in elucidating the historic background of modern cultural differences.”
Jeremy A. Sabloff, University of Pennsylvania

The Cloud People is a ‘classic’ text in that it effectively captures the spirit of its times. In its enduring power to stimulate thought and debate, however, this volume is timeless.”
Edward Schortman, Kenyon College

“The collection of innovative papers in the superbly edited and beautifully illustrated Cloud People makes this volume essential for Mesoamerican scholars and interested students wishing to understand the origins and evolution of the Zapotec and Mixtec civilizations of Oaxaca.”
Evon Z. Vogt, Harvard University

ISBN 978-0-9719587-4-6/paperback/426 pp./illus./June 2003/$43.50