Political Lords and Political Ideology in Southeastern Chiefdoms: Comments and Observations.

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Mary W. Helms, Emeritus Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: This collection of papers highlights contexts in which ideology seems to have played a leading role in the political life of Southeastern societies. In this essay it is assumed that these polities operated within a general cosmological perspective based on belief in the consubstantiality of life. It is also assumed that association with qualities of distant time and space conveyed political legitimation to high elites. Building on these assumptions the significance of chiefly contacts with both horizontal (geographical) and vertical (celestial) external domains is examined and discussed.

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Language: English
Date: 1992
political ideology, chiefdoms, political legitimacy, southeastern north america, anthropology, history, culture, social equality

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