Ritual Trade

Douglas C. Comer

in Ritual Ground

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 1996 | ISBN: 9780520204294
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520918702 | DOI:
Ritual Trade

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This chapter focuses on the culturally transformative and constitutive effects of trade at Bent's Old Fort, discussing the similarities between the trading practices of Anglo-Americans and Native Americans, and commenting on the dichotomy between the gift and the commodity in the marketplace. It also argues that exchanges, even in market societies, are conducive to ritual behavior, because trade acts to validate or alter identities in all societies.

Keywords: trade; Bent's Old Fort; trading practices; Anglo-Americans; Native Americans; gift; commodity; ritual behavior

Chapter.  13004 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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