Trajectories of cultural evolution are diverse, depending on unique blends of social, economic, and ideological factors. Assessing case-specific historical circumstances is crucial when identifying underlying processes of change. In this paper, I detail a model of cultural evolution based on the historical circumstances of the island cultures in the pre-Columbian Caribbean. We see continuity in key elements of cosmology and structural organization within a framework of evolving social complexity, leadership roles, and inequality. In the case of Puerto Rico, cosmology and ideology were intertwined over approximately 2000. years, spanning tribal to chiefdom sociopolitical formations.
|Number of pages||25|
|Journal||Journal of Anthropological Archaeology|
|State||Published - 1 Sep 2010|
- Cognized landscape
- Pre-Columbian Caribbean
- Sociopolitical evolution