Archaeologists in the Eastern Woodlands have only begun to address the senses directly in their work, yet the colour of earth, the oppressive silence of the council houses, the echo of flutes, rattles, and drums, the walking paths of the long houses, the shine of the moon and sun, and the intimidating shadow of great monuments all haunt our grasp of the past in the forests of the Eastern United States. In recent studies of ancient households, performances, rock art, caves, astronomical alignments, sound, music, and colour, attention to the sensual experience of the East is growing, and a real local history of the senses has begun to appear.