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 (tə-rä′skən) also Ta·ras·co (-rä′skō)
n. pl. Ta·ras·cans also Tarasco or Ta·ras·cos
a. A member of a Mesoamerican Indian people of southwest Mexico whose civilization was at its height from the 14th century until the Spanish conquest.
b. A descendant of this people.
2. The language of the Tarascans, of no known linguistic affiliation.

[Spanish tarasco, perhaps from Tarascan tarascue, father-in-law, brother-in-law (a general term of respect with which Tarascans addressed the Spanish after their arrival).]


(təˈræs kən, -ˈrɑs-)

1. a member of an American Indian people of N Michoacán in Mexico.
2. the language of the Tarascans.
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In the ensuing chapter, Hans Roskamp discusses accounts of dynastic history put forward in the colonial period in defense of certain rights and privileges by a Tarascan lineage that managed to dominate all the others in their region.
The women of Lake Patzcuaro (in central Mexico) long have used needlepoint to document the traditional life of the Tarascan people.
At the time of European contact, the Puripecha Empire - sometimes called the Tarascan Empire - controlled much of western Mexico with a mutually fortified frontier shared with their rivals, the Aztecs to the east.
The Eagle and the Rainbow: Timeless Tales from Mexico" is a beautifully illustrated collection of Mesoamerican indigenous traditional tales from Tarascan, Mayan, Huichol, Tarahumaran, and Aztec sources.
Other books in the Palo Alto adventure series include "Lucifer," "The Monarch Mystery," "The Secret of the Tarascan Ruins" and "10 Horses and a Pony" (all published by AuthorHouse).
Examples are given in (13) and (14); those in (13) from Kinyarwanda illustrate the Beneficiary role type, while (14) from Tarascan is an example of the Causee role type.
THE Van Gogh painting we described as On The Road To Tarascan is actually called The Painter On His Way To Work.
Two notable cases have attracted significant scholarly attention: the Doctrina of the first archbishop of Mexico, Juan de Zumarraga, and the Dialogo in Tarascan (Purepecha) of his fellow Franciscan, Maturino de Gilberti.
In the early years of Spanish rule, a particularly ruthless Spanish conquistador, Nuno de Guzman, embarked on a dramatic and violent subjugation of the Tarascan empire centered near Lake Patzcuaro.
Despite the influence of the New World adventurers, Michoacan's native Tarascan culture remains potent today, from the traditional dress still worn in nearby villages to the Purepecha language inscriptions in the Basilica overlooking the lakeside town on Patzcuaro a short drive away.
Although in Israel, in Small's view, the state was an amalgam of groups with pre-state identities, like the pre-Columbian civilizations of the New World (the Aztec, Inca, and Tarascan states), its ethnic construction differed in several respects.
9] At this point I remembered what had seemed a curious item in the Corcoran newspaper of the 1920s: a Mexican worker had given a Tarascan statue to the town of Corcoran.