Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 25 February 2020

Abstract and Keywords

Understanding the Mississippian phenomenon is intimately tied to understanding Cahokia, the largest settlement at the heart of the most complex polity in ancient Native North America. Comprehending Cahokia, in turn, means understanding how diverse peoples can come together and create a greater community and polity through ritual and religion. It also means telling the story of how social and political projects can ultimately fail. Cahokia undeniably possessed a singular history, one that built on earlier Woodland period histories and events, and which continues to have an impact today.

Keywords: Native North America, Cahokia, diverse peoples, ritual and religion, Woodland period, community and polity

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.