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The Sculpted Outcrops of the Inka

Jessica Joyce Christie, East Carolina University, Summer Fellow 2008

The main goal of my fellowship was to advance my book manuscript entitled The Sculpted Outcrops of the Inka which is due at University of Texas Press in late January 2009. I am at the stage of finalizing each chapter and have completed about 75,000 of the total 100,000 words. I was able to enrich many sections by consulting sources, in particular Spanish chronicles and Peruvian publications, which are not readily available at my university library. I further benefitted from many interactions with other fellows, visiting readers and staff, especially Alexandre Tokovinine, and from the thoughtful feedback on my writing provided by Joanne Pillsbury, Director of Pre-Columbian Studies. A crowning experience was to see and look at all the paintings in the recently discovered Galvin Manuscript by Fray Martin de Murua (1590), a facsimile copy of which is available in the Rare Book Collection of Dumbarton Oaks.

Part of my time was taken up by editing and finalizing two other publications. My edited volume Landscapes of Origin in the Americas: Creation Narratives Linking Ancient Places and Present Communities was completed during my term and is being published by University of Alabama Press. I finished several encyclopedia entries on the Inca, Pachacuti, and Cuzco for Michael Francis, Department of History at the University of North Florida, who is the editor of Facts on File.