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Steven Sarich

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Published in Nebraska Anthropologist Vol. 25 (2010). Copyright © Steven Sarich; published by The University of Nebraska-Lincoln AnthroGroup.


It is the intention of this paper to ponder the impetus behind the Hopewell Interaction Sphere and relate it back to the Hopewell society as a whole. I will present a number of models offered by other researchers and find a common theme that connects them all, namely ceremonialism. Socially valued items and ceremonialism are closely tied according to Katherine Spielmann and so through close examination I will find out how close they are. Also, more contemporary cross-cultural examples of ritual exchange will be presented to show its prevalence through time.

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