A substantial corpus of documentary data exists for the ethnohistoric study of the Pipil-Nicarao, the Precolumbian Nahuat-speaking groups of Central America. Since the middle of last century, scholars have shown a sustained interest in the Pipil-Nicarao. But until recently an explicit historiographic analysis of the sources on the Pipil-Nicarao had yet to be conducted. A detailed critical analysis of the authorship, origin, reliability, relative importance, and interrelationships of the sources is presented here. The kinds of information that the sources provide on the Pipil-Nicarao and their neighbors are outlined. The importance of systematic critical studies in ethnohistoric research is emphasized.
Ethnohistory emphasizes the joint use of documentary materials and ethnographic or archaeological data, as well as the combination of historical and anthropological approaches, in the study of social and cultural processes and history. The journal has established a strong reputation for its studies of the history of native peoples in the Americas and in recent years has expanded its focus to cultures and societies throughout the world. Ethnohistory publishes articles, review essays, and book reviews by scholars in anthropology, history, archaeology, linguistics, literature and art history, geography, and other disciplines and is read by historians and anthropologists alike.
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