Definition of ethnohistory in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌeTHnōˈhist(ə)rē/


The branch of anthropology concerned with the history of peoples and cultures, especially non-Western ones.
Example sentences
  • It is an ethnographic study of a specific regional, supra-ethnic and transcultural phenomenon of the Guyana Highlands, situated in the context of ethnohistory and modernisation.
  • He is an Andean scholar whose studies meld ethnography, ethnohistory and ethnoscience.
  • For example, he recounts his own scholarship in ethnohistory - the marriage of anthropology and history - as a way of showing how a number of scholars have crossed disciplinary boundaries to study interesting questions.



Pronunciation: /-hiˈstôrēən/
Example sentences
  • Over the last several decades archaeologists have identified many missions sites, and ethnohistorians have reconstructed many facets of the Spanish-Indian encounter.
  • For years, ethnohistorians have insisted that American history cannot be understood thoroughly without including Indian people as legitimate historical actors.
  • Historians and ethnohistorians generally place sporadic European contacts alongside internal factors as critical in the consolidation of political authority and the emergence of political hierarchies in Virginia.


Pronunciation: /-hiˈstôrik/ Pronunciation: /-ˈstär-/
Example sentences
  • The northern and central part of the South American continent was described as such in all the early chronicles and ethnohistoric accounts.
  • It is of particular interest that there is no known ethnographic or ethnohistoric account of such ceramic items among the current residents of the region, the Odawa.
  • It is argued, based on archaeological and ethnohistoric data, that the layout of the mound, burials, and charnel features is patterned after Native American notions of the cosmos.


Example sentences
  • By 1999, all six indigenous territories in Bosawas were mapped and zoned, and there were ethnohistorical and socioeconomic studies for each territory conducted by the people themselves.
  • For over forty years Swanton worked for the Smithsonian's Bureau of Ethnology gathering ethnohistorical information about southeastern Indians.
  • The implications of this essay, when read in conjunction with the earlier historic and ethnographic chapters, are manifold, and indicate fertile ground for further ethnohistorical investigation.


Example sentences
  • Ethnohistorically speaking, this is correct, as Buddhism is an outgrowth of an originally Aryan faith.
  • In particular, he compares his ethnohistorically derived data with prior descriptions of these peoples.
  • One of the most common sins that archaeologists have committed, in my opinion, is to insist that the varied cultural achievements of prehispanic Andean peoples culminated in the ethnohistorically known Inca Empire and therefore that one can retrodict from circa c.e. 1500 into the dark reaches of prehistory.

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Syllabification: eth·no·his·to·ry

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