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A World of Wrapped Symbols: Bundling and Iconography on Southeastern Ceramics from the Lemley Collection

Author(s): Jesse Nowak

Year: 2016

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Throughout the American Southeast, prehistoric and contemporary indigenous groups have conducted ritual acts of wrapping and binding sacred objects in spirit and medicine bundles. Previous researchers have also noted the concept of ritual encapsulation in other cultural expressions such as: settlement design, mound building, pottery, and cosmology. This presentation will focus on the apparent bundling of iconographic motifs and designs present on a ceramic vessel from the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The presentation of iconography in different stages of bundling on ceramics and its implications on Caddo and Mississippian ideology as well as research potentials of the Gilcrease museum’s upcoming online collection database will be explored.


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A World of Wrapped Symbols: Bundling and Iconography on Southeastern Ceramics from the Lemley Collection. Jesse Nowak. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 405100)


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Geographic Keywords
North America - Southeast


Spatial Coverage

min long: -91.274; min lat: 24.847 ; max long: -72.642; max lat: 36.386 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America