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Gathering HopewellRethinking Interregional Hopewellian “Interaction”

Gathering Hopewell: Rethinking Interregional Hopewellian “Interaction” Chapter 16 Rethinking Interregional Hopewellian “Interaction” Christopher Carr Fascination with Hopewellian peoples relates artifacts, styles, mortuary and other ceremo- considerably to their movement of raw materials nial practices, and ideas across the Eastern and, less frequently, finished artifacts over many Woodlands, have often been interpreted as man- hundreds of miles over North America. Conch ifestations of some unitary kind of phenomenon. shells from coastal Florida and along the Gulf Examples include a trade network, a mortuary of Mexico were brought as far north as Michi- cult, a shared religion, and a network of peer gan and New York (Seeman 1977a:appendix B), polities. These and other previous, singular and silver from Cobalt, Ontario, was taken as far interpretations of interregional Hopewell are south as Georgia and Mississippi (Spence and reviewed. An alternative, interpretive perspec- Fryer, Chapter 20). How did Hopewellian peo- tive is then offered, which sees interregional ples succeed in these translocations, and equally Hopewell as having been comprised instead tantalizing, who did so and why? of many distinct kinds of activities that led to This chapter introduces Part IV, which ad- varying geographic distributions of Hopewellian dresses such questions about the movement of features of the same or http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

Gathering HopewellRethinking Interregional Hopewellian “Interaction”

Editors: Carr, Christopher; Case, D. Troy
Gathering Hopewell — Jan 1, 2005

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Publisher
Springer US
Copyright
© Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York 2005
ISBN
978-0-306-48478-0
Pages
575 –623
DOI
10.1007/0-387-27327-1_16
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Abstract

Chapter 16 Rethinking Interregional Hopewellian “Interaction” Christopher Carr Fascination with Hopewellian peoples relates artifacts, styles, mortuary and other ceremo- considerably to their movement of raw materials nial practices, and ideas across the Eastern and, less frequently, finished artifacts over many Woodlands, have often been interpreted as man- hundreds of miles over North America. Conch ifestations of some unitary kind of phenomenon. shells from coastal Florida and along the Gulf Examples include a trade network, a mortuary of Mexico were brought as far north as Michi- cult, a shared religion, and a network of peer gan and New York (Seeman 1977a:appendix B), polities. These and other previous, singular and silver from Cobalt, Ontario, was taken as far interpretations of interregional Hopewell are south as Georgia and Mississippi (Spence and reviewed. An alternative, interpretive perspec- Fryer, Chapter 20). How did Hopewellian peo- tive is then offered, which sees interregional ples succeed in these translocations, and equally Hopewell as having been comprised instead tantalizing, who did so and why? of many distinct kinds of activities that led to This chapter introduces Part IV, which ad- varying geographic distributions of Hopewellian dresses such questions about the movement of features of the same or

Published: Jan 1, 2005

Keywords: Habitation Site; Interaction Sphere; Regional Tradition; Middle Woodland; Conch Shell

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