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First Distinguished Visiting Lecture 2015

Tim Pauketat, (University of Illinois) - Being and Nothingness in pre-Columbian North America
When Oct 27, 2015
from 05:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Where McDonald Institute Seminar Room
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Attendees All welcome
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Abstract:

Questions of causation and historical process in archaeology initially led to agency—what it was, where it was, how it was—and then to theories of bundling and assemblage and, now, to ‘nothingness’. That is, for Native North Americans, causal power was inchoate, fluid, and realized in visions, dreams, and transubstantiations. Earth, fire, corn, tobacco, mollusk shell, thunder and celestial light were not discrete things but elemental substances, materials, and phenomena generative of things and their agencies. In pre-Columbian North America, wind and water disproportionately comprised hybrid Southwestern and Mississippian complexes at Wupatki, Paquimé, and Cahokia, the affects of which help to explain the whys of migrations, proto-urban development, and ‘adaptations’ to climate change. They also help account for the scale and ‘stickiness’ of each place.

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