The Paradigm of the Periphery in Native North America
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The "Paradigm of the Periphery" is an analytical model that allows for interpretation of how symbolism and sacred traditions spread from their original inception points. When these traditions and ideologies disappear in urbanized core centers, such as Cahokia, Moundville, Etowah, and Lake Jackson of the Greater Southeast, they can continue in the periphery of the society and outlive the core center itself. This thesis will explore the philosophical concept of subconscious cultural paradigms that establish limits to the interpretation of perceptions through the socialization process. The use of these paradigms of thought allows the data from the use of the “Paradigm of the Periphery” model to be contextualized within a specific cultural schema.