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Cosmic Order and Change in Pre-columbian Eastern North America (2006)

DOCUMENT Timothy Pauketat. Christopher Carr. Robert Hall. George Lankford.

The authors attempt to understand pan-continental cultural relationships as well as explain how cosmologies developed through time in the eastern Woodlands and Great Plains of North America. To do this, the authors deal with both the overall traditions of entire populations or time periods and specific, local expressions of these overall traditions.

Cosmology in the New World

PROJECT Santa Fe Institute.

This project consists of articles written by members of Santa Fe Institute’s cosmology research group. Overall, the goal of this group is to understand the larger relationships between cosmology and society through a theoretically open-ended, comparative examination of the ancient American Southwest, Southeast, and Mesoamerica.

Home Bodies: An Examination of House Cremation among the Hohokam (2016)

Citation DOCUMENT Aaron Wright. Will Russell.

During the pre-Classic era (ca. AD 400-1150), pithouses and houses-in-pits were the preferred modes of residential architecture among Hohokam communities. When excavated, these wood-framed domiciles often show signs of burning, which effectively closed the structures’ lifecycles as dwellings. Among affiliated and descendant communities such as the O’odham and some Yuman-speaking groups, a person’s death could prompt the burning of their home in order to combat any pollution, sickness, or...

A Lapse of Animism Among a Primitive People (1928)

Citation DOCUMENT Margaret Mead.

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Rock Art as Ritual Communicator: A Theoretical Evaluation (2017)

Citation DOCUMENT Mary Brown.

Archaeologists typically dissect rock art stylistically, symbolically, and chronologically. Symbols, in particular, lead to studies of representational imagery, entoptic phenomena, or religious icons. What remains underexplored is the concept of animism and its related behavioral activities. This paper applies a behavioral theory of communication to study the interactions between people and things. It uses performance characteristics analysis to determine the activities associated with...

Traveling to the Horned Serpent’s Home: Pilgrimages to Paquimé (2017)

Citation DOCUMENT Todd VanPool. Christine VanPool.

In the 13th and 14th centuries, a new political and religious capital expanded its influence in the North American Southwest. This settlement, called Paquimé or Casas Grandes, was the focus of pilgrimages that reflected and reinforced the social dominance of the elites living at the community. However, caches of millions of ocean shell, instances of human sacrifice, and other aspects of the archaeological record indicate that Paquimé itself was likely considered a living entity that helped...

Visions of Substance in Eleventh Century Mid-America (2016)

Citation DOCUMENT Timothy Pauketat. Susan Alt.

Various archaeological approaches exaggerate relations with objects at the expense of the affectivity of substances, phenomena, materials, and spaces. New data from the 11th century foundations of the Cahokian world suggest that the experience of substantial, phenomenal, material and spatial qualities were the primary constituents of a form of religious conversion also known as Mississippianization. Circular buildings at the Emerald site embodied these qualities and point to the creation of...

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