Ideology and culture change in prehistoric Puerto Rico: A view from the community

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Abstract

Many Native American settlements in lowland South America are physical models of the cosmos. Social behavior, relations of power, and activity organization are structured by how the participants interact with and interpret cosmology. Culture change in the Amazon Basin and the West Indies is rooted in increasingly asymmetrical power relationships and control over ideology. In this paper, I explore linkages between the archaeological record at the community level and ideology to discuss culture change in the West Indies. Anthropological theory, ethnohistorical documents, ethnographic observations, and archaeological data all were employed in this analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-333
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Field Archaeology
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1996

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Puerto Rico
Caribbean Region
ideology
social behavior
community
organization
Culture Change
West Indies
Ideology
Archaeological Record
Physical
Archaeology
Amazon
Linkage
Power Relationships
Cosmos
Asymmetrical
Native Americans
Anthropological Theory
Ethnographic

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