Inuit and Iroquois and Inca, Oh My: Societal Formation in the Americas




Elliott, D'Artagnan Luc

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European forces completely altered the course of history with their introduction into, and alteration of, the political evolution and societal development in the Americas. This study examines the most probable ways in which the Inuit, Iroquois, and Inca societies might have developed without European influence. By applying anthropological political evolutionary theory to the three case studies, probable likelihoods are considered and analyzed. The Inuit were a stable society that would have continued as they were without the introduction of a European-level influencer. The Iroquois were unstable and would have become more hierarchical if they continued to grow. The Inca were unstable and would have fractured into smaller parts. Societies continue as they are until pressured to change, whether internally or externally.



societal formation, political evolution, development, Honors College


Elliott, D. L. (2021). Inuit and Iroquois and Inca, oh my: Societal formation in the Americas (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.


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