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Negotiating Contact: Examing the Coastal Trade Network of the Labrador Inuit

Author(s): Amelia Fay

Year: 2014

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Inuit-European contact in Labrador spans many centuries and a vast expanse of rugged coastline. With such broad temporal and geographic parameters, the complexity of this contact is best understood within the framework of long term history. As a European presence gradually increased along the coast, the Inuit responded by establishing a long-distance trade network where European goods were filtered north in exchange for marine mammal products, furs, and feathers. By the 18th century certain families emerge in the archaeological and documentary records as key entrepreneurs in this trade network. This paper looks at the development of this trade network, and presents the archaeological evidence from the dwelling of a known entrepreneur in comparison to other Inuit households along the coast. What emerges from this analysis are the important economic decisions to participate in trade or not, the results of such decisions add to the complexity of Inuit-European contact along the coast

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Negotiating Contact: Examing the Coastal Trade Network of the Labrador Inuit. Amelia Fay. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437209)

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PaperId(s): SYM-66,04

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