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The Archaeology of Souls: A Foundation through Systematic Survey of Historic Woodland and Plains Native American Soul Concepts

Author(s): Brianna Rafidi ; Christopher Carr ; Mary Kupsch

Year: 2016

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Summary

The potential for accurately reconstructing prehistoric Woodland and Plains Indian societies’ notions of human soul-like essences using symbolically rich mortuary remains and art can be improved when analogous, comparative ethnohistorical information is collected systematically and with sensitivity to tribal and regional variations. Literature on 49 historic Woodland-Plains tribes produced 643 cases informing on nine selected subjects: number and locations of souls in an individual, number of souls that leave the body in life and death, where and when they exit, and their functions and qualities in life and death. Ideas varied considerably but patterned in their frequencies and geographic distributions.


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The Archaeology of Souls: A Foundation through Systematic Survey of Historic Woodland and Plains Native American Soul Concepts. Brianna Rafidi, Christopher Carr, Mary Kupsch. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 405029) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8P84DPP


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min long: -104.634; min lat: 36.739 ; max long: -80.653; max lat: 49.133 ;

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The-Archaeology-of-Souls-Presentation_Rafidi-Final.docx 27.36kb Apr 16, 2016 Jun 1, 2016 9:44:59 PM Public
Paper Presented at SAA Conference April 2016 - Orlando, FL. Paper goes along with Presentation included.
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Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America