Migration, Ritual, and the Dead

Author(s): Jodie OGorman

Year: 2018


Migration of human populations is an ancient and persistent part of the history of humankind. In the past, as in the present, migration continues to be a solution to human problems that carries with it some degree of increased risk and challenges for group and individual security and identity. Vulnerability resulting from migration choices, and practices to mitigate risks of that vulnerability, vary between historically situated populations and within groups by age, gender, and other elements of identity. In this paper, cross cultural practices of mitigating risk associated with migration are examined with particular attention to the use of ritual practices. Ritual practices of the Oneota tradition (ca. 1000-1600 CE) involving the dead and the spatial aspect of those practices within the context of migration events are examined.

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Migration, Ritual, and the Dead. Jodie OGorman. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 444625)

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min long: -103.975; min lat: 36.598 ; max long: -80.42; max lat: 48.922 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 20711