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Introduction to Place-Making, Identity, and Cultural Landscapes

Introduction to Place-Making, Identity, and Cultural Landscapes

Chapter:
(p.3) Chapter 1 Introduction to Place-Making, Identity, and Cultural Landscapes
Source:
Black Rock
Author(s):
William A. Dodge
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781578069934.003.0001

This chapter discusses the notions of place-making, identity, and cultural landscapes. Place is an individual construct derived from the concept of habitus—the result of our own life experiences—and a cultural construct created and maintained by a shared belief system. Place-making becomes an important cultural activity that reifies the significance of certain events or activities that are important to cultural identity. Cultural landscapes are a recurrent product of this place-making. They include both natural, unmodified features that have symbolic meaning derived from cultural systems and modified landscapes, such as the built environment, which are consciously altered to provide order to a group’s life-world. In Black Rock, place-making occurred through a variety of mediums and numerous experiential activities which demonstrate the extraordinary depth of expressions that a place can have.

Keywords:   Zuni community, place, cultural landscape, belief system

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