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Interactions and Social Change in California: A Perspective from the Far West

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

Year: 2017

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People in California have interacted with groups near and far for thousands of years. Here we take a big picture approach by looking at how interactions between people across time and space affect the histories of adjunct regions. In this paper, we first establish connections between people in California to the Northwest, Southwest, Mexico, and afar to demonstrate the scale of meaningful interactions. Second, by considering wide-ranging and long-term interactions, we better explain the agency and structure of the relationships forged between diverse people. These relationships are not static; they have been negotiated, redefined, and sometimes have been dissolved. Using archaeological and ethnographic data, we more closely examine the rise and demise of some of these relationships. Finally, we apply large-scale and long-term perspectives to address social change and issues of structural instability today.

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Interactions and Social Change in California: A Perspective from the Far West. Erin M. Smith, Mikael Fauvelle. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429407)


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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): 16782

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