Center Places and Cherokee Towns: Archaeological by Christopher B. Rodning

By Christopher B. Rodning

In Center locations and Cherokee Towns, Christopher B. Rodning opens a breathtaking vista onto protohistoric Cherokee tradition. He posits that Cherokee families and cities have been anchored inside of their cultural and traditional landscapes by way of outfitted good points that acted as “center places.”
 
Rodning investigates the interval from previous to the 1st Spanish touch with sixteenth-century local American chiefdoms in l. a. Florida in the course of the improvement of formal exchange relatives among local American societies and English and French colonial provinces within the American South through the past due 1600s and 1700s. Rodning focuses really at the Coweeta Creek archaeological website within the top Little Tennessee Valley in southwestern North Carolina and describes the ways that components of the outfitted surroundings have been manifestations of Cherokee senses of place.
 
Drawing on archaeological information, delving into fundamental documentary assets relationship from the eighteenth century, and contemplating Cherokee myths and legends remembered and recorded in the course of the 19th century, Rodning exhibits how the association of public buildings and loved ones dwellings in Cherokee cities either formed and have been formed via Cherokee tradition. middle areas at various scales served as issues of attachment among Cherokee contributors and their groups in addition to among their current and earlier. Rodning explores the ways that Cherokee structure and the equipped atmosphere have been assets of cultural balance within the aftermath of ecu touch, and the way the process ecu touch altered the panorama of Cherokee cities within the lengthy run.
 
In this multi-faceted attention of archaeology, ethnohistory, and recorded oral culture, Rodning adeptly demonstrates the targeted ways in which Cherokee identification used to be built via structure and different fabric types. Center locations and Cherokee Towns can have a large entice scholars and students of southeastern archaeology, anthropology, local American stories, prehistoric and protohistoric Cherokee tradition, panorama archaeology, and ethnohistory.

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More importantly, central-­place theory focuses on the spatial patterns and development of regional economic systems. This study of center places concentrates instead on the social and symbolic aspects of architecture and landscape. My approach to the archaeology of center places within the Cherokee landscape—and, specifically, within the built environment at the Coweeta Creek site—is guided by recent archaeological perspectives on the Ancestral Pueblo world in southwest­ern North America and, especially, recent perspectives on the architecture and landscape of Chaco Canyon and the greater Chacoan and Puebloan landscape in the north­ern Southwest (Kantner 2004; Lekson 1986, 2006, 2007; Varien et al.

Chapter 4 considers evidence of domestic structures at the Coweeta Creek site. Household dwellings were comparable to townhouses in terms of their architectural design and raw materials, although they were much smaller; close resemblances between pub­lic and domestic structures are likewise seen at late prehistoric and postcontact sites in north­ern Georgia (Hally 2002, 2008), east­ ern Tennessee (Polhemus 1990; Schroedl 2000, 2001; Sullivan 1987, 1995), and northwest­ern South Carolina (Howard 1997; Riggs 2008; Schroedl 1994).

Spanish colonists began exchanging trade goods for deer43 Chapter 2 skins as early as the late 1500s, but it was not until the 1700s that the English deerskin trade spread widely across the Southeast, absorbing Cherokee and other Native Ameri­can groups in its wake and altering traditional ways of life (Braund 2008; Corkran 1962, 1967, 1970; Wesson 2008). The core areas of eighteenth-­century Cherokee towns were largely bypassed by sixteenth-­century Spanish entradas, although the Cherokee had enough contact with Spanish colonists to refer to them by the name of “Ani´-­Skwa´nı˘” (Mooney 1900a:509).

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