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Big Picture History in North America: Integrating Narratives of Our Continent’s Past

Author(s): Mikael Fauvelle ; Erin M. Smith

Year: 2017

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No society exists in isolation. In order to understand the history of North America it is therefore critical to see the continent as a landscape of mutually known and interacting places and peoples. One of the goals of this panel is to bring together specialists from different corners of the continent to share narratives of regional interaction in their areas. This paper will introduce the thematic and theoretical groundings for the session, suggesting that both systemic and historical models for understanding the past can be usefully combined in an approach that sees the continent as a known world with a shared history. We will use case studies from California’s Northern Channel islands to argue for the importance of integrating regional histories and events into our models past processes and social changes.

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Big Picture History in North America: Integrating Narratives of Our Continent’s Past. Mikael Fauvelle, Erin M. Smith. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429405)


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min long: -125.464; min lat: 32.101 ; max long: -114.214; max lat: 42.033 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 15000

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