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Reconsidering Representations in Fur Trade Archaeology

Author(s): Kaila Akina

Year: 2014

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Archaeological studies of the North American fur trade have included several lines of evidence from historical texts to oral histories to actual material remains. Revisiting documentary sources, specifically representations, relating to the activities of the fur trade and its participants can provide insight into how specific images, emotions, or messages were portrayed or even promoted. Furthermore, the analysis of images allows scholars to examine how those images have been used and for what purposes. This paper will explore examples of different entities’’ uses of representations of the fur trade and how that affects public memory and the creation of the past in the present.

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Reconsidering Representations in Fur Trade Archaeology. Kaila Akina. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437083)

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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