Holmberg's Mistake Of The Olmec: Sister Culture

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Throughout history, theories and ideas are made. Some of these theories and ideas can be realistic and some that seem possible but needs more evidence to be reasonable. A lot of these come from the history of the Americas. Some of these being Holmberg’s Mistake, MFAC (Maritime Foundation of Andean Civilization), and this idea the believes that the Olmec are considered a “sister culture”. Today I’ll be challenging these theories and ideas by providing evidence that counter these ideas and theories. Holmberg’s Mistake is probably the worst mistake Holmberg has ever made. Basically, this idea was made from Holmberg himself, the idea was about this native civilization that goes by the name of Siriono. Holmberg met with these people and he thought …show more content…
There is an idea going around with the Olmec. The idea is whether the Olmec is a “Mother culture” or a “Sister culture”. The meaning between these two is that one who started it and there’s the other that gain influence from it. “One of the first groups in Mesoamerica to develop large ceremonial complexes were the Olmec.” (Martin 8). This comes from the book Latin America and Its People by Cheryl E Martin and Mark Wasserman. Another piece of evidence comes from the same book by Martin and Wasserman that says “Because the Olmec showed many cultural traits that reappeared in later civilizations in Mexico and Central America, scholars have often portrayed them as the “mother culture” of Mexico.” (Martin 9). “Another very important cultural innovation that apparently developed in various parts of Mesoamerica during the later stages of the Olmec era was the tortilla.” (Martin 9) is the final piece of evidence that challenges this idea. This sums up the evidence portion, but there is a lot of evidence out there that supports the Olmec is indeed a “Mother …show more content…
If there is enough evidence to back up these theories and ideas, then they’re plausible. Just like Holmberg’s Mistake, the MFAC, and this Olmec “mother or sister culture”, they need evidence to support these ideas. Not only assumptions made on these people. Give credit where credit is due, these civilizations had something and began with something. The Siriono were very skilled and had a culture, these civilizations like Caral, Huaricanga, and Aspero all had their fair share of agriculture, and the Olmec being a proud “mother culture”. In modern day, things like this can be taken for granted, more and more people get taught this misinformation and they don’t even get to see or hear about

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