Anthropology M.A. Defense: Manuel de Jesus de Cespedes Molina
Virtual via Webex
Anthropology M.A. student Manuel de Jesus de Cespedes Molina presents their research, titled ""Understanding the Lowland Virgin Ancestral Puebloan Branch's Cultural Identity, Worldviews, and Values Through the Study of Rock Writings."
This project explored how changing lifeways impacted the social identities and values of the pre-Colombian Virgin Puebloan people of southern Nevada. Specifically, this study examined the lowland Virgin people's cultural heritage, worldviews, and values by analyzing their rock writings. This research stems from Harry's (Harry & Watson, 2018; Harry, 2019) argument that the lowland Virgin culture developed when Great Basin related populations local to southern Nevada adopted agriculture and other Puebloan lifeways. Regarding the lowland Virgin Branch people's cultural heritage, this research compared their rock writing style with that of the Great Basin and Kayenta Puebloan cultures. Concerning the lowland Virgin Branch culture's worldview, this research compared their representational motifs and entoptic designs with that of the Kayenta and Great Basin rock writings to examine their religious ideology and explore which aspects of the natural and cultural landscapes were essential to the lowland Virgin Branch people. Lastly, this study examined the lowland Virgin Branch people's cultural values by comparing their rock writings to that of the Great Basin and Kayenta cultures. The results support Harry's (Harry & Watson, 2018; Harry, 2019) argument that the lowland Virgin people represent a fusion of Kayenta and Great Basin cultures.
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