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"Strokes of good fortune brought Frank Salomon to villages and archives with extraordinary potential for research. Imagination, erudition, and perseverance permitted him to retrieve insights of great importance from these sources. The world seems subtly yet significantly different after reading "The Cord Keepers", since Salomon convinces his readers that the human capacities to record meanings and to transmit cultural forms are deeper and broader than they had thought."--Benjamin Orlove, author of "Lines in the Water: Nature and Culture at Lake Titicaca"

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Frank Salomon is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the author of "Native Lords of Quito in the Age of the Incas" and coauthor of "The Huarochiri Manuscript: A Testament of Ancient and Colonial Andean Religion." He is a coeditor of the two South American volumes of "The Cambridge History of the Native Peoples of the Americas: South America" ("Prehistory and Conquest" and "Colony and Republics").

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The language not yet broken 13 Mar 2014
By J. Brandon - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a wealth of information when dealing with the ancient language of cord knots...or, khipus. Ancient languages are a fascination to most people who have an adventurous spirit, as well as a thirst for knowledge. The way the Peruvian civilization existed and prospered for hundreds of years was recorded in theor system of using cords and knots. Thus far, the code, or 'rosetta stone' code-breaker has not been found. Those who kept the secrets were executed by the conquering Spaniards, and the Khipus were destroyed as well, by church decree...hundreds of years ago. This book is a wealth of information in the quest to understand the meanings of this amazing record-keeping device.
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A subject very rarely treated 28 Jan 2014
By Francisco de Agueda - Published on Amazon.com
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This book tells about the ancient andean custom of filing information in knotted cords. Whereas usually khipus are thought of only as a way of counting, in the book other types of uses are outlined, like mapping of singular places such as warehouses. However, one feels more effort should've been done in trying to explain how khipus can be interpreted and read, probably because research hasn't been too far yet on this subject.
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