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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Desert Cahuilla: A study of cultural landscapes and historic settlements
by Lewis, Larea, M.A., The University of Arizona, 2013, 88; 1538351
Abstract (Summary)

A strong relationship exists between the Cahuilla people and their cultural landscapes. The meaning of cultural places is expressed through traditional knowledge of oral histories, place names, traditional songs, ceremonies and landscape use. Historically, the Cahuilla maintained their relationship with landscapes while incorporating new lifestyles introduced by the Spanish, Mexicans, and Americans. My thesis provides a basic model for examining historical settlements patterns and analyzing the continued traditional lifestyle and landscape by the Desert Cahuilla. Using information from published ethnographic data and traditional knowledge, I use GIS mapping to provide visual support to some hypotheses scholars have on village migrations and continued cultural landscape use. This is the first step in researching historic cultural landscape use and the information can be used in further analysis in archaeology and cultural resource use. Furthermore, this thesis will serve as a significant source in rediscovering, reconnecting, and preserving Cahuilla places.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ferguson, T.J.
Commitee: Mills, Barbara, Parezo, Nancy
School: The University of Arizona
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 51/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Archaeology
Keywords: Cahuilla, Cahuilla historical settlements, Cahuilla oral stories, Desert cahuilla
Publication Number: 1538351
ISBN: 978-1-303-11331-4
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