Colonial Encounters in Lucayan Contexts

Author(s): Perry Gnivecki; Mary Jane Berman

Year: 2017


There are numerous examples of material and bodily flows (e.g., human transfer, enslavement) between the Lucayans and the Spanish during the period of late fifteenth and early sixteenth century colonial encounters. A variety of indigenous and Spanish items circulated, as relationships were established. These are known from ethnohistoric accounts and archaeological evidence from several different islands and sites located in the Bahama archipelago, including San Salvador, Andros, Long Island, Middle Caicos, and others. In this paper we will examine procurement and exchange from the perspective of the givers and receivers and those who recorded these acts. We will examine what objects and bodies were circulated; the intentions of the givers and receivers; the acts of procurement, giving, and receiving; the meaning of the items and bodies in the contexts in which they were procured and distributed; the changing values of the objects and bodies in these contexts, and the relationships that were established as a result of these acts.

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Colonial Encounters in Lucayan Contexts. Perry Gnivecki, Mary Jane Berman. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431373)


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min long: -90.747; min lat: 3.25 ; max long: -48.999; max lat: 27.683 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 15233