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Enduring Motives
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Enduring Motives examines tradition and religious beliefs as they are expressed in landscape, the built environment, visual symbols, stories, and ritual.
 
Bringing together archaeologists and Native American experts, this volume focuses on long-lived religious traditions of the native peoples of the Americas and how religion codifies, justifies, and reinforces these traditions by placing a high value on continuity of beliefs and practice.
 
Using clues from the archaeological record to piece together the oldest religions of the Americas, Enduring Motives is organized into four parts. Part 1 creates continuity through structure, iconography, and sacred stories that correspond to culture-specific symbolic representations of the universe. Part 2 explores the encoding of tradition in place and object, or how people use objects to enliven tradition and pass it on to future generations. Part 3 examines stability and change and shows how traditions can evolve over time without losing their core cultural significance. The final part recognizes deep-time traditions through the evidence of ancient cosmology and religious tradition.
 
Spanning cultures as diverse as the Aztec, Plains Indians, Hopi, Mississippian, and Southwest Pueblo, Enduring Motives brings to light new insights on ancient religious beliefs, practices, methods, and techniques, which allow otherwise intangible facets of culture to be productively explored.
 
 
Contributors
Wesley Bernardini / James S. Brown Jr. / Cheryl Claassen / John E. Clark / ArleneColman / Warren DeBoer /
Robert L. Hall /Kelley Hays-Gilpin / Alice Beck Kehoe /John E. Kelly / Stephen H. Lekson / ColinMcEwan /
John Norder / Jeffrey Quilter /Amy Roe / Peter G. Roe / Linea Sundstrom

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Figures
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction - Warren DeBoer and Linea Sundstrom
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. Part I. Creating Continuity through Structure, Iconography, and Sacred Stories
  2. p. 13
  1. 1. Structure of the Mesoamerican Universe, from Aztec to Olmec - John E. Clark and Arlene Colman
  2. pp. 15-59
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  1. 2. Will the Circle Be Unbroken? The Roots of Plains Indian Views of the Cosmos - Linea Sundstrom
  2. pp. 60-83
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  1. 3. Of Iron Steamship Anacondas and Black Cayman Canoes: Lowland Mythology as a Rosetta Stone for Formative Iconography - Peter G. Roe and Amy Roe
  2. pp. 84-128
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  1. Part II. Encoding Tradition in Place and Object
  2. p. 129
  1. 4. The Staff God: Icon and Image in Andean Art - Jeffrey Quilter
  2. pp. 131-141
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  1. 5. On Being and Becoming: Ruminations on the Genesis, Evolution, and Maintenance of the Cerro Jaboncillo Ceremonial Center, Ecuador - Colin McEwan
  2. pp. 142-171
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  1. 6. Hopi Clan Traditions and the Pedigree of Ceremonial Objects - Wesley Bernardini
  2. pp. 172-184
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  1. 7. Remembering Emergence and Migration in the Southwest Pueblos - Kelley Hays-Gilpin
  2. pp. 185-198
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  1. Part III. Balancing Stability and Change
  2. p. 199
  1. 8. Continuity and Discontinuity in Southwestern Religions - Stephen H. Lekson
  2. pp. 201-209
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  1. 9. The Importance of Being Specific: Theme and Trajectory in Mississippian Iconography - James Brown and John Kelly
  2. pp. 210-234
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  1. 10. Landscapes of Memory and Presence in the Canadian Shield - John Norder
  2. pp. 235-250
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  1. Part IV. Recognizing Deep-Time Traditions
  2. p. 251
  1. 11. Cave Rituals and Ritual Caves in the Eastern United States - Cheryl Claassen
  2. pp. 253-263
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  1. 12. Reopening the Midéwiwin - Warren DeBoer
  2. pp. 264-287
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  1. 13. Resolving Contradictions as a Methodology for Investigating Maya Calendar History and Its Cosmological Associations - Robert L. Hall
  2. pp. 288-301
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  1. Conclusion - Alice Beck Kehoe
  2. pp. 302-310
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 311-314
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 315-337
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