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Archaeologies of Colonial Reduction and Cultural Production in Native Northern California

Stephen W. Silliman

in The Oxford Handbook of North American Archaeology

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780195380118
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195380118.013.0020

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Archaeologies of Colonial Reduction and Cultural Production in Native Northern California

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This article aims to outline themes of research in Native northern California, specifically under Spanish/Mexican and Russian control, in order to highlight key issues in North American archaeology that manifest uniquely and informatively on the West Coast. It restricts this discussion to northern California since this region has produced to date some of the most detailed and theoretically rich insights into Native American histories and cultures in colonial California. A fundamental issue in the archaeology of Native Americans during colonial periods is the question of change and continuity. The answers frequently rely on dichotomous categories of colonizer and colonized, or European and Native American, and rarely delve into the intersection of material culture, space, social memory, and labor to answer these difficult questions.

Keywords: colonial reduction; cultural production; native Northern California; North American archaeology; West Coast; change and continuity; material culture

Article.  4033 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Archaeology of North America ; Historical Archaeology

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