Personhood in production: mutual constitution of Hurron and non-Hurron members of the Cahokian community

Melissa R. Baltus

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Abstract

The creation of the new Cahokian community ca. AD 1050 simultaneously led to the \re\creation ofCahokian persons and ideas of personhood. As archaeologists have begun exploring the agentic properties of material objects, I suggest the possibility that some of these new Cahokian persons included non-human agents. Relationships between humans and these "objects with agency" would also have been important means through which persons and their identities were constructed. This paper will explore the conception of and constitution of specific Cahokian personas through engagements between human and non-human agents such as celts, axes, and chunkey stones, during the Cahokian era.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages23
StatePublished - 2009

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