The mid-thirteenth century AD marks the beginning of tremendous social change among Ancestral Pueblo peoples of the northern US Southwest that foreshadow the emergence of the modern Pueblo world. Regional depopulations, long-distance migrations, and widespread resettlement into large plaza-oriented villages forever altered community life. Archaeologists have tended to view these historical events as adaptive responses to climatic, environmental, and economic conditions. Recently, however, more attention is being given to the central role of religion during these transformative periods, and to how archaeological remains embody the complex social practices through which Ancestral Pueblo understandings of sacred concepts were expressed and transformed.
The contributors to this volume employ a wide range of archaeological evidence to examine the origin and development of religious ideologies and the ways they shaped Pueblo societies across the Southwest in the centuries prior to European contact. With its fresh theoretical approach, it contributes to a better understanding of both the Pueblo past and the anthropological study of religion in ancient contexts This volume will be of interest to both regional specialists and to scholars who work with the broader dimensions of religion and ritual in the human experience.
Donna M. Glowacki is the John Cardinal O'Hara CSC Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame, a senior researcher on the Village Ecodynamics Project, and a long-time research associate with the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. Scott Van Keuren is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Vermont and a Visiting Scholar in the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona.
1 Studying Ancestral Pueblo Religion
Scott Van Keuren and Donna M. Glowacki
2 Pueblo Religion and the Mesoamerican Connection
Randall H. McGuire
3 Ritual and Cosmology in the Chaco Era
4 The Role of Religion in the Depopulation of the Central Mesa Verde Region
Donna M. Glowacki
5 Bowls to Gardens: A History of Tewa Community Metaphors
Scott G. Ortman
6 Iconography, Space, and Practice: Rio Grande Rock Art, AD 1150–1600
Marit K. Munson
7 Plazas, Performance, and Symbolic Power in Ancestral Pueblo Religion
Matthew A. Chamberlin
8 Spectatorship and Performance in Mural Painting, AD 1250–1500: Visuality and Social Integration
Elizabeth A. Newsome and Kelley Hays-Gilpin
9 The Materiality of Religious Belief in East-Central Arizona
Scott Van Keuren
10 North, South, and Center: An Outline of Hopi Ethnogenesis
11 Getting Religion: Lessons from Ancestral Pueblo History
Timothy R. Pauketat
About the Contributors
New Research on the Prehistory of Chaco Canyon, New Mexico
The Continuous Path
Pueblo Movement and the Archaeology of Becoming
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