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Household Spaces: 18th- and 19th-Century Spatial Practices on the Eastern Pequot Reservation

Author(s): Anna Hayden

Year: 2014

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Native American populations living on colonially created and governed reservations, such as the Eastern Pequot in Connecticut, contended with settler and colonial policies and practices on a daily basis in the 18th and 19th centuries, long after «contact.» Using the colonial environment and the inherently spatial restrictions of the Eastern Pequot reservation as frameworks, this paper addresses the daily aspects of Eastern Pequot families living and working within their household spaces during a tumultuous time in the colonial period. This research is theoretically grounded in broader themes regarding the household, conceived of as a space within which social agents create and reproduce social identities, relationships, and meanings. Within the context of the household, archaeology can be utilized to explore how social processes are lived out not only through the material world but also in architecture and refuse patterns at a local scale. Analysis of three house sites on the Eastern Pequot reservation, spanning from the mid-18th century to the mid-19th century, highlights how the structure and spatial patterning at these domestic sites retain consistent Pequot characteristics.

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Household Spaces: 18th- and 19th-Century Spatial Practices on the Eastern Pequot Reservation. Anna Hayden. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436748)

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