Life's pathways: Geographic metaphors in ancestral puebloan material culture

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Abstract

Recognizing the cultural importance of metaphors helps archaeologists and art historians understand how shared ideas facilitate interaction among social groups, past and present. Metaphors describe one thing in terms of another. We usually think of metaphors as verbal expression, but visual metaphors are just as frequent and important and are sometimes amenable to archaeological analysis. Particular expressions and contexts of metaphors should help us trace migration, pilgrimage, and the spread of religious systems across time and space. Metaphors may also provide evidence for transformations and innovations in ritual practice, iconography, and graphic expression in particular times and places.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationArchaeology without Borders: Contact, Commerce, and Change in the U.S. Southwest and Northwestern Mexico
PublisherUniversity Press of Colorado
Pages257-270
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9780870818899
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

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  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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Hays-Gilpin, K. A. (2008). Life's pathways: Geographic metaphors in ancestral puebloan material culture. In Archaeology without Borders: Contact, Commerce, and Change in the U.S. Southwest and Northwestern Mexico (pp. 257-270). University Press of Colorado.