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GONZALEZ NAVARRO, Constanza. An approach to the pre-hispanic aboriginal territory: Cordoba (16th Centurie). Andes [online]. 2012, vol.23, n.1. ISSN 1668-8090.

This article explores some of the explanatory variables of the aboriginal territory in the north-east area of today's province of Córdoba, starting from early colonial sources (16th and 17th centuries). From an ethnohistoric point of view and retrieving the archeological investigations carried out in the area until the moment, we analyse the particular way in which the aboriginal societies had access to the resources and defined their rights to them. The need to establish the exclusive fields of some groups with regard to others, did not cancel the possibility of negotiation and re-definition of the territories. In this respect, the tribal chiefs played a fundamental role in the foundation of intergroup alliances and agreements where the exchange of women would have been a main issue. The particular way the aboriginal territory acquires, constitutes an essential factor to explain the possibility of social reproduction among native settlements in the period previous to the Spanish conquest.

Keywords : Territory; Aboriginal people; Sources.

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