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Where Rivers Flow: Mandan and Hidatsa Subsistence Economies from an Archaeomalacological Perspective

Author(s): Carl Falk ; Paul Picha

Year: 2015

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Three classes of molluscan data generated from Mandan and Hidatsa villages along Heart and Knife river drainages in North Dakota are reviewed: freshwater bivalve, marine, and fossil gastropod shell. An outline of Mandan and Hidatsa ethnomalacology obtained from native collaborators is found in the writings of anthropologists Gilbert L. Wilson and Alfred W. Bowers and corresponds with the aforementioned molluscan classes. Mandan and Hidatsa subsistence economies are diverse during the longue durée as indicated by the vertebrate and invertebrate faunal records reported to date. Mandan and Hidatsa traditions and ethnomalacology reflect contrasting long-term differences from that of neighboring Arikara villagers.

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Where Rivers Flow: Mandan and Hidatsa Subsistence Economies from an Archaeomalacological Perspective. Paul Picha, Carl Falk. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397279)


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min long: -113.95; min lat: 30.751 ; max long: -97.163; max lat: 48.865 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America