Cahokia’s wandering supernaturals: What does it mean when the earth mother leaves town?

Steven L. Boles

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This volume examines how pre-Columbian societies in the Americas envisioned their cosmos and iteratively modeled it through the creation of particular objects and places. It emphasizes that American societies did this to materialize overarching models and templates for the shape and scope of the cosmos, the working definition of cosmoscape. Noting a tendency to gloss over the ways in which ancestral Americans envisioned the cosmos as intertwined and animated, the authors examine how cosmoscapes are manifested archaeologically, in the forms of objects and physically altered landscapes. This book’s chapters, therefore, offer case studies of cosmoscapes that present themselves as forms of architecture, portable artifacts, and transformed aspects of the natural world. In doing so, it emphasizes that the creation of cosmoscapes offered a means of reconciling peoples experiences of the world with their understandings of them.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationArchaeologies of Cosmoscapes in the Americas
EditorsJ Grant Stauffer, Bretton T Giles, Shawn P Lambert
PublisherOxbow Books
ISBN (Print)9781789258448
StatePublished - 2022

Publication series

NameAmerican Landscapes


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