This special symposium celebrates the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian’s landmark exhibition, The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire, with a fascinating look at the material, political, economic, and religious structures that integrated more than one hundred Native nations and millions of people in the powerful Andean Empire known as the Tawantinsuyu. In this segment, Sonia Alconini, University of Texas at San Antonio, speaks on “The Inka Roads in the South-Central Bolivian Andes: Frontier, Expansion, and Political Organization.”
Sonia Alconini is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She earned a PhD in anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh, conducting her undergraduate studies at the Department of Anthropology/Archaeology at the Universidad Mayor de San Andres in La Paz-Bolivia. Originally from Bolivia, Alconini has more than two decades of research in the Southern Andes, where she studies the ancient Inka imperial frontiers by using archaeological and ethnohistoric data. Specifically, she explores the distinct forms of interaction established between the Inka and the myriad of polities from the eastern tropics. The author of numerous articles and books, this year she was awarded the President’s Distinguished Achievement Award in Advancing Globalization Efforts at her research institution.
The symposium was recorded at the Rasmuson Theater of the National Museum of the American Indian on June 25-26, 2015.