The Ascent of Chiefs: Cahokia and Mississippian Politics in Native North America

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Abstract

This ambitious book provides a theoretical explanation of how prehistoric Cahokia became a stratified society, and ultimately the pinnacle of Native American cultural achievement north of Mexico. Considering Cahokia in terms of class struggle, Pauketat claims that the political consolidation in this region of the Mississippi Valley happened quite suddenly, around A.D. 1000, after which the lords of Cahokia innovated strategies to preserve their power and ultimately emerged as divine chiefs. The new ideas and new data in this volume will invigorate the debate surrounding one of the most important developments in North American prehistory.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Place of PublicationTuscaloosa
PublisherUniversity of Alabama Press
Number of pages256
ISBN (Electronic)9780817384180
ISBN (Print)9780817307288
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

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