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Native American Environmental Interactions During Warfare: A Case Study of 17th Century New England

Author(s): Kimberly Kasper ; Kevin McBride

Year: 2014

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This investigation focuses on the historical dynamics of Native American environmental interactions during one of the most tumultuous times within Native American history. Select 17th century Native American sites from the interior and coastal areas of New England will be analyzed and compared to gain a more nuanced understanding of the cultural landscape. Through an analysis of the food and medicinal resources specifically tied to plants, we draw attention to the continuities and transformations of ‘traditional’ Native American environmental strategies. We also explore the exploitation of different ecosystems and their contribution to Native American survival and persistence during this time period. This type of investigation turns our attention to how Native American cultures, when competing for resources with other communities (both Native and European), make decisions and (re)conceptualize their socio-natural world.


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Native American Environmental Interactions During Warfare: A Case Study of 17th Century New England. Kimberly Kasper, Kevin McBride. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437088)


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PaperId(s): SYM-55,03

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