Plains Earthlodges: Ethnographic and Archaeological Perspectives (Hardback)

Edité par The University of Alabama Press, 2005
ISBN 10: 0817314458 / ISBN 13: 9780817314453
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Language: English . Brand New Book. Anthropologists generally agree that an earthlodge is a dome-shaped, semi-subterranean structure constructed of tree and sapling walls plastered over with clay and supported by one or more large wooden posts. The entire dome is covered with earth, except for a central hole for ventilation and release of smoke from hearth fires. Resembling a mound from the outside, an earthlodge has one or more very low and narrow entranceways. These massive structures - the mid-continent s largest and most complex artifacts - are thought to have been used primarily for ceremonial or political gatherings because of the degree of labor involved in their construction, their size, and the scarcity of domestic goods found when they are excavated. This collection of papers provides a comprehensive gathering of the current research into earthlodges in a variety of Plains Indian cultures - Mandan, Hidatsa, Cheyenne, Oglala Sioux - in the territory of the upper Missouri River and its tributaries. Aspects of earthlodges ranging from their construction, architecture, maintenance, deterioration, and lifespan to the ritual practices performed in them; their associations with craft traditions, medicine lodges, and the Sun Dance; their gender symbolism; and their geophysical signatures are all discussed by acknowledged experts in the field. As technological advances allow an ever greater recognition of archaeological evidence in situ, the study of earthlodges will yield even more information on the peoples who built and used them. This volume provides a much-needed baseline for future earthlodge research as well as comparative data for the occurrence of earthlodges in other sections of North America. N° de réf. du libraire

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A survey of Native American earthlodge research from across the Great Plains.

Early explorers initially believed the earthlodge homes of Plains village peoples were made entirely of earth. Actually, however, earthlodges are timber-frame structures, with the frame covered by successive layers of willows, grass, and earth, and with a tunnel-like entryway and a smoke hole in the center of the roof. The products of nearly a millennium of engineering development, historic period lodges were massively built. With diameters up to 60 feet across, they comprise the largest and most complex artifacts built on the Plains until the 20th century. Sheltering nuclear or extended families and their possessions?beds, stored food and clothing, weapons, sweatlodges, and even livestock?they shaped Plains villagers' lives both physically and symbolically.

This collection of papers explores current research in the ethnography and archaeology of Plains earthlodges, considering a variety of Plains tribes, including the Mandan, Hidatsa, Cheyenne, and their late prehistoric period predecessors. Acknowledged experts in the field discuss topics including lodge construction, architecture, maintenance, deterioration, and lifespan; the ritual practices performed in them; their associations with craft traditions, medicine lodges, and the Sun Dance; their gender symbolism; and their geophysical signatures.

With technological advances allowing an ever greater recognition of archaeological evidence in situ, future earthlodge research will yield even more information on their owners and residents. This volume provides a much-needed baseline for such research as well as comparative data for the occurrence of earthlodges in other sections of North America.

Contributors:
Jennifer R. Bales, Donald J. Blakeslee, Kenneth L. Kvamme, Stephen C. Lensink, Margot P. Liberty, Elizabeth P. Pauls, Donna C. Roper, Michael Scullin, W. Raymond Wood

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Donna C. Roper is Adjunct Associate Professor of Anthropology at Kansas State University and editor of Medicine Creek: Seventy Years of Archaeological Investigations.

Elizabeth P. Pauls is State Archaeologist and Director of the University of Iowa's Office of State Archaeologist.

W. Raymond Wood is Professor Emeritus at the University of Missouri-Columbia and author of numerous publications, including Prologue to Lewis and Clark: The Mackay and Evans Expedition.

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Titre : Plains Earthlodges: Ethnographic and ...
Éditeur : The University of Alabama Press
Date d'édition : 2005
Reliure : Hardback
Etat du livre : New
Edition : 2nd.

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Description du livre The University of Alabama Press, United States, 2005. Hardback. État : New. 2nd. 234 x 155 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Anthropologists generally agree that an earthlodge is a dome-shaped, semi-subterranean structure constructed of tree and sapling walls plastered over with clay and supported by one or more large wooden posts. The entire dome is covered with earth, except for a central hole for ventilation and release of smoke from hearth fires. Resembling a mound from the outside, an earthlodge has one or more very low and narrow entranceways. These massive structures - the mid-continent s largest and most complex artifacts - are thought to have been used primarily for ceremonial or political gatherings because of the degree of labor involved in their construction, their size, and the scarcity of domestic goods found when they are excavated. This collection of papers provides a comprehensive gathering of the current research into earthlodges in a variety of Plains Indian cultures - Mandan, Hidatsa, Cheyenne, Oglala Sioux - in the territory of the upper Missouri River and its tributaries. Aspects of earthlodges ranging from their construction, architecture, maintenance, deterioration, and lifespan to the ritual practices performed in them; their associations with craft traditions, medicine lodges, and the Sun Dance; their gender symbolism; and their geophysical signatures are all discussed by acknowledged experts in the field. As technological advances allow an ever greater recognition of archaeological evidence in situ, the study of earthlodges will yield even more information on the peoples who built and used them. This volume provides a much-needed baseline for future earthlodge research as well as comparative data for the occurrence of earthlodges in other sections of North America. N° de réf. du libraire AAN9780817351632

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Description du livre The University of Alabama Press, United States, 2005. Hardback. État : New. 2nd. 234 x 155 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Anthropologists generally agree that an earthlodge is a dome-shaped, semi-subterranean structure constructed of tree and sapling walls plastered over with clay and supported by one or more large wooden posts. The entire dome is covered with earth, except for a central hole for ventilation and release of smoke from hearth fires. Resembling a mound from the outside, an earthlodge has one or more very low and narrow entranceways. These massive structures - the mid-continent s largest and most complex artifacts - are thought to have been used primarily for ceremonial or political gatherings because of the degree of labor involved in their construction, their size, and the scarcity of domestic goods found when they are excavated. This collection of papers provides a comprehensive gathering of the current research into earthlodges in a variety of Plains Indian cultures - Mandan, Hidatsa, Cheyenne, Oglala Sioux - in the territory of the upper Missouri River and its tributaries. Aspects of earthlodges ranging from their construction, architecture, maintenance, deterioration, and lifespan to the ritual practices performed in them; their associations with craft traditions, medicine lodges, and the Sun Dance; their gender symbolism; and their geophysical signatures are all discussed by acknowledged experts in the field. As technological advances allow an ever greater recognition of archaeological evidence in situ, the study of earthlodges will yield even more information on the peoples who built and used them. This volume provides a much-needed baseline for future earthlodge research as well as comparative data for the occurrence of earthlodges in other sections of North America. N° de réf. du libraire AAN9780817351632

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