Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Department of Anthropology

Content Description

1 online resource (ii, xv, 260 pages) : illustrations (some color), maps (some color)

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Sean M. Rafferty

Committee Members

Marilyn A. Masson, Larry J. Zimmerman


Great Plains, Middle Missouri, North America, Spatial Analysis, Warfare, Land settlement, Land settlement patterns, War, War and society, Indians of North America

Subject Categories

History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology


From the modern protests of the Dakota Access Pipeline to feuding between village dwelling horticulturalists, there is a long history of conflict along the banks of the Missouri River. This dissertation aims to investigate the interplay between the unique landscape of the semi-arid river valley and the continuing influx of culturally diverse people moving to the region, specifically, the semi-sedentary hunting farmers living in the Middle Missouri division of the North American Great Plains, between A.D. 1000 and 1750. I use a combination of ethnohistorical analysis, cross-cultural comparison, settlement history and spatial analysis (clustering, viewshed and topographic analyses) to explore the interactions between people and the environment.