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Intersection and Interaction Among Communities of Practice in the Spanish Colonial American Southwest

Author(s): Heather Trigg

Year: 2014

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A critical issue for historical archaeology in the Southwest US is understanding the relationships and activities within colonizers’ households during the 17th century. These secular sites, established during the early colonial period, have infrequently been the objects of research-based archaeological inquiry, but they provide an important context for the exchange of information between ‘Spanish’ colonists and local and non-local indigenous peoples who labored in the households. Transmission of knowledge was critical to the colonizers’ success and provided examples of new practices for indigenous peoples. However, the politicized nature of the social relationships colored the value placed on differing practices. Investigating the ways these households functioned by viewing them as locations of intersecting and interacting communities of practice in which transmission of knowledge was influenced both by need and power not only helps us understand colonizers, it also provides a context for understanding the pressures on the Southwest’s indigenous communities.


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Intersection and Interaction Among Communities of Practice in the Spanish Colonial American Southwest. Heather Trigg. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436625)


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PaperId(s): SYM-7,15

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