The Aquatic Imaginary of Ancestral Tiwa Landscapes

Author(s): Severin Fowles

Year: 2018


In this paper, I explore Ancestral Tiwa rock modifications and linguistic conventions to identify what might be referred to as an "aquatic imaginary" governing Pueblo engagement with the northern Rio Grande landscape. The movement of water, it is argued, emerged out of a preceding Archaic preoccupation with the movement of animals as the dominant new way of both conceptualizing ecological systems and intervening in those systems through the organization and modification of stone. Evidence from both the early twentieth century linguistic research of John Peabody Harrington and the more recent archaeological research of the Gorge Project in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument is used to support the argument.

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The Aquatic Imaginary of Ancestral Tiwa Landscapes. Severin Fowles. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 445002)

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min long: -124.365; min lat: 25.958 ; max long: -93.428; max lat: 41.902 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 20309