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Manifest Disease: An Analysis of Pioneer and Tribal Cemeteries in Early Washington

Author(s): Micca A Metz

Year: 2015

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This analysis examines differences in mortality between tribal and pioneer individuals living in contemporary Pierce County, near Joint Base Lewis-McChord, during the time between the declaration of the Washington Territory in 1853 and Washington entering the Union in 1889. This study will center on historic mortuary monuments with a focus on how the growing population in an area affects the health of indigenous groups as well as the health of the incoming pioneers. The mortality rates of these cultural groups will be compared to one another, but they will also be compared internally during an analysis of sex and age ratios for each group.  This investigation will examine a pattern of altered mortality during this 36 year interval in Washingtonian history.

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Manifest Disease: An Analysis of Pioneer and Tribal Cemeteries in Early Washington. Micca A Metz. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 434122)


Temporal Keywords
19th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 110

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