Movement and the Unsettling of the Pueblos

Severin M. Fowles

in Rethinking Anthropological Perspectives on Migration

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036076
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813041780 | DOI:
Movement and the Unsettling of the Pueblos

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“Without movement, there is no life,” explains a Tewa member reflecting on the itinerant habits of her ancestors. Today, as in the past, movement is a fundamental theme in the philosophy of the Pueblo peoples of the American Southwest. Migrations from one world to the next, from one landscape to the next, from one settlement to the next—these are viewed as natural and, to a certain extent, ritually mandated aspects of traditional Pueblo life. How can we incorporate such perspectives into our archaeological analyses? To pose this question is not to request additional studies of the structural significance of migrations on Pueblo social or political organization, valuable though these may be. Rather, it is to demand new ways of talking archaeologically about the manner in which serial migration left its mark on Pueblo ideology. How might we investigate movement as a religious phenomenon no less than a social, political, or economic phenomenon? How, in other words, might we complement migration scholar David Anthony's insistence that migration is structured behavior, by also exploring the way in which migration is structured thought?

Keywords: migration; Pueblo; Tewa; U.S. Southwest; archaeology

Chapter.  8713 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociology

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