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Author Taylor, H.J.; Taylor, S.A.
Year 2006
Title Symbolic Embellishment of Ritual Textiles Used in Native American Burial Mounds
Conference Textile Society of America Symposium Proceedings
Location Lincoln, NE

This paper offers interpretations of symbolic and decorative embellishments used on textiles found in North American burials sites with particular focus on prehistoric Midwestern and Eastern Maritime inhabitants (Burial Mound Culture). At Augustine Mound, textiles were decorated with copper beads, which allowed for their preservation. There is evidence of plaiting and basketry of multiple production methods, made with both plant and animal fibres. A headdress found at Augustine Mound, given the large number of copper beads used to decorate it is associated with spiritual power and represents some sort of social complexity associated with the burial mound.

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