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Title:Oneota Cultural Interaction in the Prairie Peninsula: A Study of Ceramic Vessels and Faunal Exploitation in Northern Illinois
Author(s):Berres, Thomas Edward
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Brewer, Douglas J.
Department / Program:Anthropology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Anthropology, Cultural
Abstract:This study refutes the established belief that Oneota culture was dominated by a Cahokia ideology or the ability of Cahokia chiefly lords or Oneota male elite to exert control over populations. Instead, power is examined in its ambiguity and heterogeneity. Using ethnographic, ethnohistoric, and archaeological data, all men and women in small-scale Native societies of the Prairie Peninsula bioregion and its environs are shown to share power constrained by tradition and obtained through visions. Dreams provide inspiration to create imagery in artwork and ritual that reflects their cosmology and ideology. Native cosmology in the Prairie Peninsula is one of ancient tradition as expressed in the content of various artistic media concerning the supernatural power of the upperworld, the Thunderbird, and thus not directly related to the Southeastern Ceremonial Complex and a presumed Cahokia connection.
Issue Date:1998
Description:300 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9834653
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:1998

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