edited by Stephen B. Carmody and Casey R. Barrier
contributions by Meagan E. Dennison, Aaron Deter-Wolf, David H. Dye, Bretton T. Giles, Cameron Gokee, Kandace D. Hollenbach, Thomas A. Jennings, Megan C. Kassabaum, John E. Kelly, Ashley Peles, Tanya M. Peres Lemons, Charlotte D. Pevny, Connie M. Randall, Jan F. Simek, Ashley M. Smallwood, Renee B. Walker, Alice P. Wright, Sarah E. Baires, Melissa R. Baltus, Casey R. Barrier, James F. Bates, Sierra M. Bow, James A. Brown and Stephen B. Carmody
University of Alabama Press, 2020
eISBN: 978-0-8173-9272-7 | Cloth: 978-0-8173-2042-3
Library of Congress Classification E98.R3S425 2019
Dewey Decimal Classification 299.7

Archaeological case studies consider material evidence of religion and ritual in the pre-Columbian Eastern Woodlands

Archaeologists today are interpreting Native American religion and ritual in the distant past in more sophisticated ways, considering new understandings of the ways that Native Americans themselves experienced them. Shaman, Priest, Practice, Belief: Materials of Ritual and Religion in Eastern North America broadly considers Native American religion and ritual in eastern North America and focuses on practices that altered and used a vast array of material items as well as how physical spaces were shaped by religious practices.

Unbound to a single theoretical perspective of religion, contributors approach ritual and religion in diverse ways. Importantly, they focus on how people in the past practiced religion by altering and using a vast array of material items, from smoking pipes, ceremonial vessels, carved figurines, and iconographic images, to sacred bundles, hallucinogenic plants, revered animals, and ritual architecture. Contributors also show how physical spaces were shaped by religious practice, and how rock art, monuments, soils and special substances, and even land- and cityscapes were part of the active material worlds of religious agents.

Case studies, arranged chronologically, cover time periods ranging from the Paleoindian period (13,000–7900 BC) to the late Mississippian and into the protohistoric/contact periods. The geographical scope is much of the greater southeastern and southern Midwestern culture areas of the Eastern Woodlands, from the Central and Lower Mississippi River Valleys to the Ohio Hopewell region, and from the greater Ohio River Valley down through the Deep South and across to the Carolinas.

Sarah E. Baires / Melissa R. Baltus / Casey R. Barrier / James F. Bates / Sierra M. Bow / James A. Brown / Stephen B. Carmody / Meagan E. Dennison / Aaron Deter-Wolf / David H. Dye / Bretton T. Giles / Cameron Gokee / Kandace D. Hollenbach / Thomas A. Jennings / Megan C. Kassabaum / John E. Kelly / Ashley A. Peles / Tanya M. Peres / Charlotte D. Pevny / Connie M. Randall / Jan F. Simek / Ashley M. Smallwood / Renee B. Walker / Alice P. Wright


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