Plains Indians, A.D. 500-1500: The Archaeological Past of Historic Groups (Paperback)Karl H. Schlesier (author)
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Plains Indian, A.D. 500-1500: The Archaeological Past of Historic Groups, a truly revolutionary book, traces Indian ethnic continuity and cultural diversity in the Great Plains during the millennium preceding the European arrival. A team of specialists, brought together by editor Karl H. Schlesier, use archaeological, ethnographic, and linguistic research to connect North American archaeological complexes to present-day Plains peoples. Apacheans (including the Navajos) and Tanoan-speaking Pueblo peoples of the Rio Grande area are included because of their ancestors' Plains affiliation.
The contributors summarize the archaeological findings of each region of the Great Plains (including southern Canada and the Rio Grande area) and propose correlations between prehistoric entities and later groups. Beyond archaeological investigation, the collection considers symbolic expressions of ethnicity in religious practice, rituals, myths, objects imbued with sacred power, and sacred places used as ""territorial markers"" - explicitly recognizing the American Indians' own resources of historical identity.
Numerous maps and illustrations and an exhaustive bibliography make this an indispensable reference work. Of particular value is a series of maps depicting the evolution of pre-conquest Indian nations from the various language groups.
The explanations offered here are bound to be controversial, but the inquiry is essential if we are to bridge the persistent scholarly gaps between archaeology, ethnography, and Indian traditions in order to recover the early history of America's Native peoples.
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 807 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 28 mm
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