Chiefdoms And Chieftaincy In The Americas

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"Stake[s] out a position that will affect future discussions of the emergence of chiefdoms. . . . promises to greatly increase our understanding of the emergence of inequality and institutionalized leadership positions."--John Scarry, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

These compelling essays about Native American chiefs and their rise to power break new ground in the study of chiefdoms and their origins. Archaeologists, historians, and anthropologists bring up to date the information about many complex ...

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Overview

"Stake[s] out a position that will affect future discussions of the emergence of chiefdoms. . . . promises to greatly increase our understanding of the emergence of inequality and institutionalized leadership positions."--John Scarry, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

These compelling essays about Native American chiefs and their rise to power break new ground in the study of chiefdoms and their origins. Archaeologists, historians, and anthropologists bring up to date the information about many complex chiefdoms that flourished throughout the Americas, in which numerous villages and regions were ruled single-handedly by hereditary chiefs.
 The book’s focus on the leadership of chieftains offers a new perspective for examining the development of complex chiefly societies in the Americas. The geographically and chronologically diverse case studies highlight the dynamics of the temporary chieftaincy and the development of permanent, hereditary chiefdoms.

 
Contents Foreword by Neil L. Whitehead Preface by Elsa M. Redmond Introduction: The Dynamics of Chieftaincy and the Development of Chiefdoms, by Elsa M. Redmond
1. What Happened at the Flashpoint? Conjectures on Chiefdom Formation at the Very Moment of Conception, by Robert L. Carneiro
2. Less than Meets the Eye: Evidence for Protohistoric Chiefdoms in Northern New Mexico, by Winifred Creamer and Jonathan Haas
3. In War and Peace: Alternative Paths to Centralized Leadership, by Elsa M. Redmond
4. Investigating the Development of Venezuelan Chiefdoms, by Charles S. Spencer
5. Tupinambá Chiefdoms? by William C. Sturtevant
6. Colonial Chieftains of the Lower Orinoco and Guayana Coast, by Neil L. Whitehead
7. War and Theocracy, by Pita Kelekna
8. The Muisca: Chiefdoms in Transition, by Doris Kurella
9. Social Foundations of Taino Caciques, by William Keegan, Morgan Maclachlan, and Brian Byrne
10. Native Chiefdoms and the Exercise of Complexity in Sixteenth-Century Florida, by Jerald T. Milanich
11. The Evolution of the Powhatan Paramount Chiefdom in Virginia, by Helen C. Rountree and E. Randolph Turner III

Elsa M. Redmond, research associate in the Department of Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, is the author of Tribal and Chiefly Warfare in South America and A Fuego y Sangre: Early Zapotec Imperialism in the Cuicatlán Cañada, Oaxaca.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813016207
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Foreword
Preface
Introduction: The Dynamics of Chieftaincy and the Development of Chiefdoms 1
1 What Happened at the Flashpoint? Conjectures on Chiefdom Formation at the Very Moment of Conception 18
2 Less than Meets the Eye: Evidence for Protohistoric Chiefdoms in Northern New Mexico 43
3 In War and Peace: Alternative Paths to Centralized Leadership 68
4 Investigating the Development of Venezuelan Chiefdoms 104
5 Tupinamba Chiefdoms? 138
6 Colonial Chieftains of the Lower Orinoco and Guayana Coast 150
7 War and Theocracy 164
8 The Muisca: Chiefdoms in Transition 189
9 Social Foundations of Taino Caciques 217
10 Native Chiefdoms and the Exercise of Complexity in Sixteenth-Century Florida 245
11 The Evolution of the Powhatan Paramount Chiefdom in Virginia 265
Contributors 297
Index 299
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