2019 Choice Outstanding Academic Title In Clues to Lower Mississippi Valley Histories David V. Kaufman offers a stunning relational analysis of social, cultural, and linguistic change in the Lower Mississippi Valley from 500 to 1700.
Author: David V. Kaufman
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
2019 Choice Outstanding Academic Title In Clues to Lower Mississippi Valley Histories David V. Kaufman offers a stunning relational analysis of social, cultural, and linguistic change in the Lower Mississippi Valley from 500 to 1700. He charts how linguistic evidence aids the understanding of earlier cultural and social patterns, traces the diaspora of indigenous peoples, and uncovers instances of human migration. Historical linguistics establishes evidence of contact between indigenous peoples in the linguistic record where other disciplinary approaches have obscured these connections. The Mississippi Valley is the heartland of early North American civilizations, a rich and diversified center of transportation for every part of eastern North America and to Mesoamerica. The Lower Mississippi Valley region emerged as the home of the earliest mound-building societies in the Americas and was home to some of the most impressive kingdoms encountered by Spanish and French explorers. The languages of the region provide the key to the realities experienced by these indigenous peoples, their histories, and their relationships. Clues to Lower Mississippi Valley Histories focuses on relationships that constitute what linguists call a sprachbund (language union), or language area. Kaufman illuminates and articulates these linguistic relationships through a skillful examination of archaeological and ethnohistorical data. Clues to Lower Mississippi Valley Histories examines the relationship between linguistics and archaeology to elucidate the early history of the Lower Mississippi Valley.
cis River basin—an extensive drainage area that extends from the northern
terminus of the Mississippi Alluvial Valley ... Harold Fisk, in his monumental
Geological Investigation of the Alluvial Valley of the Lower Mississippi River (
1944), attempted to provide a history of the valley by ... since knowledge of how
the landscape changed through time provides clues not only as to where
prehistoric materials ...
Author: Society for American Archaeology. Meeting
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
Fourteen experts examine the current state of Central Valley prehistoric research and provide an important touchstone for future archaeological study of the region. The Mississippi Valley region has long played a critical role in the development of American archaeology and continues to be widely known for the major research of the early 1950s. To bring the archaeological record up to date, fourteen Central Valley experts address diverse topics including the distribution of artifacts across the landscape, internal configurations of large fortified settlements, human-bone chemistry, and ceramic technology. The authors demonstrate that much is to be learned from the rich and varied archaeological record of the region and that the methods and techniques used to study the record have changed dramatically over the past half century. Operating at the cutting edge of current research strategies, these archaeologists provide a fresh look at old problems in central Mississippi Valley research.
Social and Economic Histories Daniel H. Usner ... But now , the many clues of
Indian resilience and survival – even those framed within a language of decline
and extinction – are ... through time both to make a decent living and to preserve
their cultural identity in the Lower Mississippi Valley play a significant role in the ...
Author: Daniel H. Usner
During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the Native peoples inhabiting the Lower Mississippi Valley confronted increasing domination by colonial powers, disastrous reductions in population, and threatened marginalization by a new cotton economy. Their strategies of resistance and adaptation to these changes are brought to light in this perceptive study. An introductory overview of the historiography of Native peoples in the early Southeast examines how the study of Native-colonial relations has changed over the last century. Usner reevaluates the Natchez Indians' ill-fated relations with the French, following with an insightful look at the cultural effects of Native population losses from disease and warfare during the eighteenth century. Drawing on his reconceptualization of the "middle ground" of Indian-colonial relations as a "frontier exchange economy", Usner next examines in detail the social and economic relations the Native peoples forged even in the face of colonial domination and demographic decline. He reveals how Natives adapted to the cotton economy, which displaced their familiar social and economic networks of interaction with outsiders. Finally, Usner offers an intriguing excursion into cultural criticism, assessing the effects of popular images of Natives from this region.
Ceramic tradition at Emerald Mound provides the most tangible clues to the
relationship of the people here to other Indians living contemporaneously in the
lower Mississippi valley . Simply stated , the technique of pottery making
Author: William David McCain
Includes section "Book reviews".
Manuscript , Lower Mississippi Survey , Peabody Museum , Harvard University ,
Cambridge . ... and the De Soto Entrada into the Lower Mississippi Valley , " The
Conference on Historic Site Archaeology Papers , vol . 7 , pp . ... Center for
Louisiana Studies , History Series , no . ... 1976 " From the Words of the Living :
The Indian Speaks , " in Clues to America ' s Past , National Geographic Society
Author: Jeffrey P. Brain
Publisher: Peabody Museum of Archaeology &
Jeffrey Brain presents and interprets a wealth of data and artifacts and integrates relevant ethnohistorical details to reconstruct a dynamic story of change in the culture of the Tunica Indians of Mississippi and Louisiana.