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Investigating Epistemological Implications of Geospatial representation in the Making of Histories of the Pueblos, Using an Exploratory Mixed Methods Approach

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Investigating Epistemological Implications of Geospatial representation in the Making of Histories of the Pueblos, Using an Exploratory Mixed Methods Approach

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Title: Investigating Epistemological Implications of Geospatial representation in the Making of Histories of the Pueblos, Using an Exploratory Mixed Methods Approach
Author: van der Elst, Judith
Advisor(s): Singer, Beverly
Committee Member(s): Boone, James
Duvall, Chris
Watkins, Joe
Department: University of New Mexico. Dept. of Anthropology
Subject(s): geospatial representation
multimodality
histories of the Pueblos
LC Subject(s): Space perception
Geographical perception
Pueblo Indians
Cognition and culture -- Southwest, New
Modality (Linguistics)
Archaeology -- Methodology
Degree Level: Doctoral
Abstract: The claim that epistemological differences between western science and indigenous research methodologies are the roots of contention of the interpretation and construction of histories is investigated. An exploratory mixed methods approach is employed to test whether current systems of geospatial analysis and representation are suitable for understanding different ways of knowing, focused on the spatial domain as a fundamental cognitive domain. Recent studies indicate that spatial cognition is significantly different among speakers of different language groups and that spatial ontology is not universal across the human population, providing the theoretical underpinning for questioning the organizational principles of currently used systems of geo- representation. The emerging theory of multimodality is used to explore this problem in practice, as a combined social-, and bio-semiotic approach. The premise is that no mode of representation can cover all meaning, and that epistemological implications are expected among different cultural constellations of modes of perception and representation are used. This research explores the relationship between perceptual grounding of ontologies and possible modes of representation in current models of archaeological research and within American Indian discourse.  
Graduation Date: July 2012
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/21087

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