By William C. Meadows
Studying where names, geographical wisdom, and cultural institutions of the Kiowa from the earliest recorded resources to the current, "Kiowa Ethnogeography" is the main in-depth learn of its style within the realm of Plains Indian tribal research. Linking geography to political and social adjustments, William Meadows applies a chronological technique that demonstrates a cultural evolution in the Kiowa neighborhood. Preserved in either linguistic and cartographic kinds, the thoughts of position, fatherland, intertribal sharing of land, spiritual perform, and different facets of Kiowa existence are clarified intimately. local non secular relationships to land (termed 'geosacred' by way of the writer) are conscientiously documented as well.Meadows additionally offers an research of the one recognized extant Kiowa map of Black Goose, its specified pictographic position labels, and its dating to reservation-era land regulations. extra insurance of rivers, lakes, and armed forces forts makes this a remarkably complete and illuminating consultant.
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Historical documents and written tribal histories were used to establish and mitigate tribal land claims and helped lead to the development of ethnohistory in the United States. Data from these projects resulted in several tribal monographs and related ethnographic works (see Ross 1973; Sutton 1975; Sutton et al. 1985; DeMallie and Ewers 2001:40–41). Studies on intertribal views of Indian sacred geography (Nabokov and Loendorf 2004; Nabokov 2006) are also emerging. PLAINS INDIAN STUDIES Limited ethnogeographic research has been conducted on Plains Indians (Afable and Beeler 1997:186, 199) and even less on southern plains groups, with most works of a historical nature.
That’s what we did when we went out. They treated us good. . We were just travelers seeing what 18 KIOWA ETHNOGEOGRAPHY Map 1. Map of plains region showing major rivers, mountains, and noted locales. Map by Jim Coombs, maps librarian, Missouri State University. there was to see in the land. . ” Yeah, they were dàumsáumzè̱mà going around just looking at the land. . Kiowa traditions report groups traveling as far as the Gulf of Mexico in Texas, Tamaulipas in tropical Mexico, and west to the Gulf of California in Sonora.
This often results from the view that proper names are solely agents of reference, used only to refer to or specify a place or object, which fails to investigate other linguistic and cultural uses of place names (Basso 1996:76). A renewed interest in place names did not appear until the late 1980s (Basso 1996:156nn3–4; Thornton 1997:218–221). Julie Cruikshank (1981) and Eugene Hunn (1990) have shown how place names serve as clues to the natural and ethnoecological history of areas, including major ecological events and patterns of human land use, while Cruikshank (1990a, 1990b) has shown that place names are often used as important personal and cultural touchstones or mnemonic devices in autobiographical narratives.