Interrogating Diaspora and Movement in the Greater Cahokian World

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Archaeological and isotopic evidence from Greater Cahokia and several prominent outlier sites argues against simple diaspora models either for the rise or fall of this pre- Columbian urban phenomenon. Besides indications that a culturally diverse population was associated with the city throughout its history, we argue that a spiritual vitality undergirded its origins such that many movements of people would have been two-way affairs. Some Cahokians who ultimately left the city may have been members of foreign lineages in the beginning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCahokian Dispersions
Subtitle of host publicationDiasporic Connections in the Mississippian Southeast
EditorsMelissa R Baltus, Sarah E Baires, Elizabeth Watts Malouchos, Jayur Madhusudan Mehta
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9789811973659
ISBN (Print)9789811973642, 9789811973673
StatePublished - Nov 2022


  • Bundle
  • Cahokia
  • Diaspora
  • Immigration
  • Isotopes
  • Mississippian

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


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