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II. Place

The first step in a social science study involves defining the sample universe or place that is to be studied. The early definition of the cultural and natural areas of North America by Kroeber and Wissler were based on the location of native peoples as they were observed during historic times and categorized by “typical” or “normal” characteristics from a central core area. As traits changed through time and place, the people in areas with less of the typical characteristics become “non-typical”, “marginal”, or part of a melting pot composed of traits from different culture areas.

In this essay, the archaeological universe of study (place) is defined as the Greater Yellowstone Homeland- an environmental and cultural system that is first viewed in and of itself, and not as a marginal part of other ethnographically known culture areas.



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