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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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This sophisticated book highlights how much early colonial indigenous elite political factionalization and competition in combination with legal conflicts heard by Spanish officials and courts influenced the production of texts that at first glance appear to reflect insiders' or emic views of indigenous beliefs and practices, in this case about the Tarascan or P'urhepecha people of Michoacan, Mexico.
he recent history and present structure of politics in a Tarascan village].
Colorful photos of leno fabrics and the 'user friendly' instructions, along with seven beautiful projects, will help weavers learn bead leno and many other techniques and structures like leno pick-up and Tarascan lace.
They describe the movement of carved marble vases made in Ulua in Honduras, stone celts and figures at La Venta on the Mexican Gulf Coast, stone used by Tarascan people of West Mexico prior to Spanish colonization, glass beads that moved from European workshops to Spanish colonial places, the reuse of worked stones in Iberia, early ceramic production in the Lake Titicaca Basin of highland Bolivia, the antiquities trade of present-day museums, medical objects in Tanzania, historic baskets made in New England by Nipmuc women, and carved wooden paddles and earthenware vessels in ancient southeastern North America.
Vienna's Mexican Treasures: Aztec, Mixtec, and Tarascan Works from 16th Century Austrian Collections", Archiv fur Volkerkunde, 44, 1990, p.
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.
Beals, Ralph (1946), "Cheran: a Sierra Tarascan Village", Prepared in Cooperation with the United States Department of State as a Project of the Interdepartmental Committee on Cultural and Scientific Cooperation, Washington, Institute of Social Anthropology, num.
Foster, Mary LeCron (1969), The Tarascan Language, serie University of California Publications in Linguistics, vol.
The women of Lake Patzcuaro (in central Mexico) long have used needlepoint to document the traditional life of the Tarascan people.
However, we know that at least in the Convent of Corpus Christi there were Nahua, Olomi, and Chichimec women; in the Convent of Nuestra Senora de Cosamaloapan there were Tarascan women; and in the Convent of Nuestra Senora de los Angeles there were Mixtec and Zapotec women (Muriel, "Los conventos de monjas" 81).
Past and present programs in Latin America shaped his ideas, including Franz Boas' short-lived Mexican anthropology school that started in 1910, the Carnegie Institution's long-standing Maya Project, the Institute of Andean Research's archeological projects, and the Tarascan Project involving American and Mexican scholars (Steward, 1950; Foster, 1967).