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Boletín del Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

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FLORES, Pablo  and  VELARDEZ FRESIA, María Belén. The traces of the birds in the past societies: A semiotic analysis of the ornithomorphic representations during the aguada' phenomenon (Northwest, Argentina). Bol. Mus. Chil. Arte Precolomb. [online]. 2018, vol.23, n.2, pp.59-77. ISSN 0718-6894.

This paper presents a preliminary interpretation, using semiotic analysis, of ornithomorphic representations found on a variety of material supports corresponding to the “Aguada”phenomenon in Northwest Argentina. The taxonomic identification of species based on anatomical features revealed a wide variety of birds such as the Falconiforms Ara sp., Cyanoliseus patagonus, Asio stygius and Rhampastos toco. We propose that these ornithomor- phic representations may be seen as expressions of the everyday and ritual lives of a people for whom birds were a fundamental part of the social sphere, with interactions, beliefs and practices constructed on the basis of their relation to these animals.

Keywords : ornithomorphic representations; birds; Aguada; semiotic; agency; Northwest Argentina.

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