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The Archaeology of Southeastern Native American Landscapes of the Colonial Era$
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Charles R. Cobb

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813066196

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813066196.001.0001

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From Cussita to Bears Ears

From Cussita to Bears Ears

(p.37) 3 From Cussita to Bears Ears
The Archaeology of Southeastern Native American Landscapes of the Colonial Era

Charles R. Cobb

University Press of Florida

This chapter explores Native American experiential views of the landscape. Two categories of culturally important ways of constructing landscape histories are put forth: first, persistent places, as regularly visited locations; and second, portable places, as ways of moving important elements of the built environment. Persistent places are locations on the landscape that embody long-term and variable histories of residence, visitation, commemoration, and memory. On the other hand, portable places have witnessed so many groups pushed or pulled out of their territories and often buffeted across the Southeast without much respite that many traditional aspects of the landscape may have been lost—if not from memory, at least from routine encounters. Lacking the familiar touchstones found in a stable topographic setting, portable places become entities that, regardless of place, manifest the essence of a people. The chapter closes with a discussion of the practical and ideological importance of different modes of travel.

Keywords:   experiential view, persistent place, portable place, Native American, topographic setting, landscape

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