chapter  6
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Historical perspectives on herding technology

A discussion on Isluga herding technology is juxtaposed in this chapter with material collated from documentary sources dating from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and with material culture from pre-Hispanic times. Chapter 5 demonstrated how the classification of fleece in Isluga as a material for technical activity results in the particular types of yarn that are spun in the community, and how different natural fleece colours are used for very specific purposes. A study of the manner in which fleece is exploited may reveal technical activities that reflect specific herding practices. An important issue explored in the present chapter is whether or not selective or restrictive breeding practices were undertaken in the Andes. This helps to set contemporary practices in Isluga in a historical context.