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Light on the Path
The Anthropology and History of the Southeastern Indians
Edited by Thomas J. Pluckhahn, Robbie Ethridge

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2006. 296 pp.
Price:  $34.95 s
E Book
2009. 296 pp.
Price:  $34.95 d

A seamless social history of the native peoples of the American South, bridging prehistory and history.
The past 20 years have witnessed a change in the study of the prehistory and history of the native peoples of the American South. This paradigm shift is the bridging of prehistory and history to fashion a seamless social history that includes not only the 16th-century Late Mississippian period and the 18th-century colonial period but also the largely forgotten--and critically important--century in between.  The shift is in part methodological, for it involves combining methods from anthropology, history, and archaeology. It is also conceptual and theoretical, employing historical and archaeological data to reconstruct broad patterns of history--not just political history with Native  Americans as a backdrop, nor simply an archaeology with added historical specificity, but a true social history of the Southeastern Indians, spanning their entire existence in the American South.

The scholarship underlying this shift comes from many directions, but much of the groundwork can be attributed to Charles Hudson. The papers in this volume were contributed by Hudson’s colleagues and former students (many now leading scholars themselves) in his honor.  The assumption links these papers is that of a historical transformation between Mississippian societies and the Indian societies of the historic era that requires explanation and critical analysis.

In all of the chapters, the legacy of Hudson’s work is evident. Anthropologists, archaeologists, and historians are storming the bridge that connects prehistory and history in a manner unimaginable 20 years ago.  While there remains much work to do on the path toward understanding this transformation and constructing a complete social history of the Southeastern Indians, the work of Charles Hudson and his colleagues have shown the way.

Thomas J. Pluckhahn is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma and author of Kolomoki: Settlement, Ceremony, and Status in the Deep South, A.D. 350 to 750
Robbie Ethridge is McMullan Associate Professor of Southern Studies and Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Mississippi, as well as editor of The Transformation of the Southeastern Indians: 1540–1760. 

"A true contribution to Southern Indian studies.  The volume gathers together many excellent chapters that will become basic sources referenced regularly in ongoing debates and future interpretive work."-- Jason Baird Jackson, Indiana University

". . . Challenges the notion of the current paradigm, which would have scholars take for granted that the coming of Europeans so changed the Indian cultures in the southeast that there is an irrevocable disconnect between the time before the Europeans, and the time after. . . .recommended for those interested in southeastern archaeology, ethnography, and World-Systems Theory."
The Florida Anthropologist