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War Paths, Peace Paths: An Archaeology of Cooperation and Conflict in Native Eastern North America (Issues in Eastern Woodlands Archaeology) Kindle Edition

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A very informative text on the evolution of warfare in eastern North America. Recommended. (CHOICE, December 2009)

War Paths, Peace Paths skillfully traces all three trends in Native culture as violence and peace evolved over the millennia. (American Archaeology)

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David H. Dye is associate professor of archaeology in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Memphis.

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  • File Size: 2899 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press; 1 edition (December 31, 2008)
  • Publication Date: December 31, 2008
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0026IBZKS
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Douglas E. Libert on April 8, 2014
Format: Paperback
An interesting insight into the rise of the moundbuilder cultures here!-Group participation in the construction of the mounds may have been one way in which prehistoric North American Indian cultures reolved potential conflicts that very well could have erupted into major fueding. What is more fascinating according to the book was that a lot of this moundbuilding activity was not coerced from a political hierarchy from above but was voluntary and seen as vital to all the participants involved in moundbuilding activities from providing food to the mound constructors, to making baskets for them to haul the heavy clays and earth involved in the hard labor.
So by working together these prehistoric peoples recognized a common bond, that is, moundbuilding activities interwined closely with Native-American beliefs in regard to the Cosmos and earth renewal ceremonies. Religion here is seen as hopefully a conflict reducing enterprise, and even more that the people involved in mound building activities will also recognize this disputable fact? I'm sure as they built the mounds they weren't thinking, "we're resolving our differences by building these earthworks"' but instead probably thinking,"we all are thinking alike and keeping with wisdom handed down by the Great spirit"? When these group identities breake down as they almost do to one degree or another,you see the "unhealthy"?, type of competition and bloody warfare or the war paths instead of the peace paths.Apparently these prehistoric type fueds can become as brutal as an outright war,maybe even worse going on for generations between families,tribes,clans, and tribes. At least to my subjective read of this book
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