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Neither Contact nor Colonial: Seneca Iroquois Local Political Economies, 1675-1754

Author(s): Kurt Jordan

Year: 2016

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Fine-grained attention to the material conditions of indigenous daily lives over time reveals myriad changes completely incapable of being explained by models such as "traditional sameness" or "acculturative change." Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) sites were occupied for only 15-40 years before planned abandonment, so examining a sequence of these sites provides an excellent way to look at change over time. This paper examines local dynamics at three Seneca sites, illustrating strategic Seneca engagements with dynamic local and regional conditions over time. Seneca practices 150 years after the first recorded "contacts" promoted a supple form of social autonomy, navigating the opportunities and challenges arising from engagements with European colonists and other indigenous groups.

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Neither Contact nor Colonial: Seneca Iroquois Local Political Economies, 1675-1754. Kurt Jordan. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434561)


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

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PaperId(s): 419

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