Culture ecology lecture 2

Culture ecology lecture 2 - Ecology and Culture Maize God...

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Unformatted text preview: Ecology and Culture Maize God Agenda • Domestication of plants – maize • Climate and crops • Cultural ecology – human culture and biophysical environment are linked by dynamic feedback The “living landscape” • Western Euro model: we exist in a landscape--separate; we are active it is passive, a backdrop for human activity. • Mesoamerican model: exist within a landscape, integrated--both are active and alive--all things possess “life energy” in the essence of spirit which can be understood through parallels and similarities • Spirit in this sense is not as western cosmology understands it; not the soul; not an intelligence--an essence of being--in a web of vital spirit. • There may be “mountain gods,” but a mountain itself may be a “god” • People are corn of the gods Early foragers • 12,000-8000 years ago with certainty • Earlier (only vague and uncertain evidence) • PaleoIndian Period – North American sites dated to 12,000 years ago – archaeological evidence of big game hunting societies: tools; butchering marks at kill sites. Review: A land of many environments...
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