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Throughout Cahokia the author's writing often drifts toward romanticism, although this does give the reader a sense of the sublime nature of the Cahokian setting and how in turn the sublimity has inspired generations of humanity.
The illustrations, particularly the pictures that show Cahokian life and architecture during the Mississippian phase, aid the reader in visualizing a complex civilization that existed in prehistoric America.
Contemporaneous with the Cahokian mound builders in 1492, whaling peoples on the Northwest coast, nomadic tribes in the interior, cliff dwellers in the Southwest, and numerous other nations dwelled in these lands.
One is the Cahokian tradition, an extension from the greater Southeast into the Prairie Peninsula that had a complex social organization and a subsistence pattern based in part on heavy soil agriculture.
Possible impacts of early-11th-, middle-12th-, and late-13th-century droughts on western Native Americans and the Mississippian Cahokians.
The name Cahokia came from seventeenth century French settlers who encountered a tribe of the Illinois Confederacy the French called Cahokians living in the area.