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Author Ehrhardt, Kathleen L., 1948-

Title European metals in native hands : rethinking the dynamics of technological change, 1640-1683 / Kathleen L. Ehrhardt
Published Tuscaloosa, Ala. : University of Alabama Press, [2005]
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 253 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents Native technologies, European contact, and the processes and meanings of material change -- Setting aside the "standard view" : revealing "style" and change in technological systems -- Recovering Illinois copper-base metalworking style : the analytical program -- Indigenous copper working in the midcontinent : situating Illinois copper-base metal use in late protohistory -- Lost sheep-- in the jaws of the wolf : the mid-seventeenth-century Illinois in ethnohistorical and archaeological perspective -- From kettle sheet to ornament : artifact forms, production, and use -- Finding "style" beneath the surface : artifact composition and manufacturing history -- Illinois metalworking style in contexts of social action and technological change
Summary Kathleen Ehrhardt's research addresses the early technological responses of the Late Protohistoric Illinois Indians, to European-introduced metal objects. In revealing actual Native practice, from material selection and procurement to ultimate discard, the author challenges technocentric explanations for Native material and cultural change
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-234) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Copper implements -- Europe -- History.
Exports -- Europe -- History -- 17th century.
Illinois Indians -- Commerce.
Illinois Indians -- First contact with Europeans
Illinois Indians -- Industries
Imports -- Mississippi River Valley -- History -- 17th century.
Indian copperwork -- Mississippi River Valley.
Technological innovations -- Mississippi River Valley.
Mississippi River Valley -- History -- To 1803.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2004014702
ISBN 0817380868 (electronic bk.)
9780817380861 (electronic bk.)