SIA Acc. 18-096, National Museum of the American Indian (U.S.) Office of Latin America, Curatorial Records, 2010-2017

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This accession consists of the email account of Ramiro Matos Mendieta, Associate Curator, Office of Latin America, and includes approximately 5,858 messages documenting his research and activities. Matos Mendieta's research interests include Andean archaeology and ethnography, Inka provincial administration, Inka ethnohistory, and the Inka Road system. The bulk of the correspondence relates to Matos Mendieta's work as co-curator on the exhibition, "The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire" which was presented at the National Museum of the American Indian from June 26, 2015 to June 1, 2018. The exhibition explored the foundations of the Inka Road in earlier Andean cultures, technologies that made building the road possible, the cosmology and political organization of the Inka world, and the legacy of the Inka Empire during the colonial period and in the present day. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, exhibit scripts, images, grant proposals, presentations, announcements, articles, and other related materials. Materials are in electronic format.


  • Matos Mendieta, Ramiro
  • The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire (Exhibition) (2015-2020: Washington, D.C.)


For a description of the record series of which these materials form a part, refer to the "Forms part of" above.



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  • 2010
  • 2010-2017

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  • Civilization
  • Archaeology
  • Roads
  • Ethnohistory
  • Inca roads
  • Ethnology
  • Cosmology
  • Museums
  • Design and construction
  • Inca architecture
  • Incas--Civilization
  • Roads--Design and construction
  • Museum exhibits
  • Museum curators


  • South America
  • Qhapaq Ñan
  • Inka (Peru)


  • Electronic mail
  • Collection descriptions
  • Electronic records

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SIA Acc. 18-096

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