Long-term Indigenous Entanglement in the Colonial World

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  • Colonowares and Colono-kachinas in the Spanish-American Borderlands: Appropriation and Authenticity in Pueblo Material Culture, 1600-1950 (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Matthew Liebmann.

    Following the Spanish colonization of New Mexico, Pueblo peoples began to adopt various technologies, cultural practices, and beliefs introduced to them by their colonial overlords.  This tradition continues today, with contemporary appropriations of "foreign" elements into "traditional" Pueblo practices.  How should we as historical archaeologists interpret this appropriation of outside influences and material culture?  This paper explores the phenomenon of post-colonial difference through case...

  • "Comanche Land and Ever Has Been": An Indigenous Model of Persistence (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Lindsay Montgomery.

    In 1844, the Comanche leader Mopechucope signed a treaty with the state of Texas, in which he described central and western Texas as "Comanche land and ever has been" (Gelo 2000: 274; Dorman and Day 1995: 8). Mopechucope’s understanding of Comanche history lies in stark contrast to the narratives of terra nullius and cultural decline found in colonial documents and reified in anthropological and historical scholarship. Drawing on an indigenous understanding of history and place-making this paper...

  • Emergent Materialities of 19th c. Nipmuc Basketry (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Heather Law Pezzarossi.

    This paper examines a collection of iron artifacts from the Sarah Burnee/Sarah Boston Site, a late 18th- and early 19th-century Nipmuc homestead in Grafton, Massachusetts. While the objects recovered have a broad range of purposes, the assemblage is assessed for its utility in the practice of woodsplint basketmaking, an emerging Indigenous industry in 19th-century New England, and the purported trade of one of the homestead’s inhabitants. Native woodsplint baskets were valued by Anglo-American...

  • From Cacao to Sugar: Long-Term Maya Economic Entanglement in Colonial Guatemala (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Guido Pezzarossi.

    This paper explores highland Maya sugar production as a product of later colonial entanglement influenced by precolonial and early colonial innovations and traditions. In the mid-17th century, the colonial Kaqchikel Maya community of San Pedro Aguacatepeque is described as a producer of sugar. Hoewever, the community’s embrace of sugar cane production (and associated sugar products) emerged in a complicated manner: as a product of preexisting precolonial and early colonial cacao tribute...

  • Moving Masca: Persistent Indigenous Communities in Spanish Colonial Honduras (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Russell N Sheptak.

    In 1714, Candelaria, a pueblo de indios (indigenous town) in Spanish colonial Honduras, concluded a decades-long legal fight to protect community land from encroachment. Documents in the case describe the movement of the town, originally called Masca, from a site on the Caribbean coast, where it was located in 1536, to a series of inland locations. Many other pueblos de indios in the area moved to new locations in the late 1600s or early 1700s. The mobility of these towns, their incorporation...

  • Neither Contact nor Colonial: Seneca Iroquois Local Political Economies, 1675-1754 (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Kurt Jordan.

    Fine-grained attention to the material conditions of indigenous daily lives over time reveals myriad changes completely incapable of being explained by models such as "traditional sameness" or "acculturative change." Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) sites were occupied for only 15-40 years before planned abandonment, so examining a sequence of these sites provides an excellent way to look at change over time. This paper examines local dynamics at three Seneca sites, illustrating strategic Seneca...

  • Object Entanglements in the Connecticut River Valley (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Siobhan Hart. Katherine Dillon.

    We examine the material residues of 17th century Pocumtuck Indians to understand their long-term entanglements with others: kith and kin, ally and adversary, Native and non-Native. The Pocumtuck resided in New England’s middle Connecticut River Valley and were enmeshed in the Euro-Native exchange networks made possible by the river, its smaller tributaries, and well established trail networks linking Native and non-Native communities in all directions. We consider objects of copper alloy, stone,...

  • Understanding And Interpreting Indigenous Places And Landscapes (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only D. Rae Gould.

    Since the earliest encounters of Native Americans and Europeans, places and landscapes with thousands of years of use and history in the "New World" have been renamed, depleted of resources, appropriated and stolen. Despite almost 500 years of contact, colonialism and repression by European settlers and their descendants, Native tribes continue to define places on the landscape in terms of tribal understandings, meanings and uses. This paper addresses the topic of place and landscape...