Rethinking Cahokian Identity

Thomas Emerson, Timothy R. Pauketat

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Contradictory mono-ethnic versus multi-ethnic interpretations of Cahokian identity have emerged in the literature. We suggest that a multi-ethnic model better fits known regional evidence, especially given the shortcomings of past trade models. We review the redundant signatures of extra-regional connections, most notably with the Trans-Mississippi South, and the hints of relocated non-local contingents at Cahokia. We also review Skiri Pawnee ceremonialism and the implications of Caddoan-like fineware pottery in the region, leading us to call for more sophisticated models of Cahokian identities and descendants.
Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2010


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