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The Historical Turn in Southeastern Archaeology$
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Robbie Ethridge and Eric E. Bowne

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781683401629

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683401629.001.0001

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Histories of Greater Cahokian Assemblages

Histories of Greater Cahokian Assemblages

(p.61) 3 Histories of Greater Cahokian Assemblages
The Historical Turn in Southeastern Archaeology

Susan M. Alt

University Press of Florida

Uncovering ancient Native American histories requires more than considering people, places, and events. It entails recognizing the full assemblage of human and nonhuman agents, forces, powers, affects and atmospheres—and how such were entangled with each other. Uncovering these histories requires considering the processes that drove them, but more, it requires recognizing places and things that particularly resonated because of special powers and vibrancies, that evoked powerful human responses. This requires paying attention to what the people we study believed and recognized, information accessible through material assemblages and oral histories. Alt considers Cahokian assemblages—mounds, caves, water, fire, stone, clay, human and nonhuman persons—to explore how history can be enriched and altered by historicizing an expanded assemblage.

Keywords:   Cahokian, assemblage, Native American histories

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