Phil C. Weigand has devoted his career to the anthropology and
archaeology of the most poorly known area of Mesoamerica, “an
enormous area of elaborate cultural development [that] has been
relegated to unimportance” (Weigand and Foster 1985:5). We refer, of course, to the
Occidente or West Mexico, roughly defined by the states of
Michoacán, Colima, Jalisco, and Nayarit, often including parts of
Guanajuato, Zacatecas, Sinaloa, and sometimes Guerrero. Over the course of
his career, Weigand has integrated data from archaeology, ethnohistory,
and ethnography to gain a better understanding of western Mesoamerica.
This Special Section is an homenaje to Phil that draws together
contributions by some of his friends and colleagues who have felt his
influence over the years.