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Rethinking ColonialismComparative Archaeological Approaches$
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Craig N. Cipolla and Katherine Howlett Hayes

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813060705

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813060705.001.0001

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Colonial Consumption and Community Preservation

Colonial Consumption and Community Preservation

From Trade Beads to Taffeta Skirts

(p.17) 2 Colonial Consumption and Community Preservation
Rethinking Colonialism

Craig N. Cipolla

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines Pequot and Brothertown Indian consumption practices of the eighteenth through early twentieth centuries in Connecticut, New York, and Wisconsin. Particular attention is placed on the ways in which “foreign” items, like European-made headstones bearing text inscriptions, were socialized in different Native American contexts. The practical implications of these adoptions are also considered. An important time lag between changes in household material culture and changes in cemetery material culture speaks to the complicated nature of indigenous consumption in colonial North America and to the maintenance of traditions. These issues tie into broader debates concerning identity, heritage, and tribal sovereignty in the present and the future.

Keywords:   colonial North America, consumption, Native American, Connecticut, New York, Wisconsin, Pequot, Brothertown

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