Considering Non-human Persons: Animal Kin and the Wild/Domestic Divide Among the Moche of Peru

The Northrop Frye Centre Presents: 
Aleksa Alaica Seminar Poster

Considering Non-Human Persons: Animal Kin and Debating the Wild/Domestic Divide Among the Moche of Peru

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 4:00pm

Aleksa Alaica, NFC Doctoral Fellow 
VC102, Old Vic, 73 Queen’s Park Crescent East

The Moche of northern Peru depicted animals in their large corpus of iconography, herded llamas and alpacas across hundreds of kilometers and buried animal offerings alongside humans in elite tombs and in sacrificial offerings. Through an examination of the animal bone remains and iconographic record that include animal images from the Moche period (AD200-850), Aleksa offers a posthumanist critique of animal selves, considering the links between the wild and domestic animal categories, non-human being temporalities and materiality.

Aleksa Alaica is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology. Her research focuses on pre-Columbian herding strategies during the Late Moche period (AD650-850) on the north coast of Peru. She utilizes animal bone remains, chemical analyses and iconographic evidence to consider how domesticated llamas and alpacas were used in past social, political and ritual spheres of society. Aleksa also explores posthumanist theory to question the central role of humans as the prime movers of change in past and contemporary society.