Edited by Stephen B. Carmody and Casey R. Barrier
Archaeological case studies consider material evidence of religion and ritual in the pre-Columbian Eastern Woodlands
Shaman, Priest, Practice, Belief: Materials of Ritual and Religion in Eastern North America broadly examines Native American religion and ritual in eastern North America through time and through the lens of material culture. Unbound to a single theoretical perspective of religion, contributors approach ritual and religion in diverse ways. Importantly, they focus on how people in the past practiced religion by altering and using a vast array of material items, from smoking pipes, ceremonial vessels, carved figurines, and iconographic images, to sacred bundles, hallucinogenic plants, revered animals, and ritual architecture. Contributors also show how physical spaces were shaped by religious practice, and how rock art, monuments, soil and special substances, and even landscapes and cityscapes were part of the active material worlds of religious agents.
University of Alabama Press, 2020