Culminating Project Title
Honey or Vinegar: Oneota Interaction in the Central and Northeastern Plains
Date of Award
Culminating Project Type
Cultural Resources Management Archaeology: M.S.
College of Liberal Arts
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Keywords and Subject Headings
Oneota, Psinomani, Hybridization, Archaeology
Beginning AD 1150 and extending until European contact, the archaeological culture referred to as “Oneota” underwent an explosive spread across the American midcontinent. As Oneota ideas, people, or some combination thereof moved westward, they encountered people from other cultures. Along the western frontier of Oneota culture, evidence suggests that relations between Oneota and Plains indigenes took a variety of forms. To better understand how various environmental and cultural factors may have informed the decision-making process with regard to inter-group interaction, four sites along this western Oneota periphery were selected for analysis: Shea and Sprunk in eastern North Dakota, White Rock in north-central Kansas, and Dixon in northwest Iowa. The evidence for both inter-group contact and site function is evaluated and compared across these four sites, and ultimately synthesized with existing knowledge and theories of Oneota interaction. It is suggested that Oneota social relations may have been partially dependent on whether other groups were in competition for a similar resource base; this process allowed a relationship between Oneota and Psinomani peoples to flourish, while minimizing the possibility of positive relations with Central Plains Tradition peoples. This hypothesis offers directions for future research, including the extent of the relationship between Oneota and Psinomani peoples and the movement of commodities from western Oneota outposts to the Great Lakes and Upper Midwest regions often viewed as the Oneota heartland.
Shirar, Benjamin, "Honey or Vinegar: Oneota Interaction in the Central and Northeastern Plains" (2019). Culminating Projects in Cultural Resource Management. 25.