The Chumash World at European Contact: Power, Trade, and Feasting Among Complex Hunter-Gatherers (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, 2008 - History - 377 pages
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When Spanish explorers and missionaries came onto Southern California's shores in 1769, they encountered the large towns and villages of the Chumash, a people who at that time were among the most advanced hunter-gatherer societies in the world. The Spanish were entertained and fed at lavish feasts hosted by chiefs who ruled over the settlements and who participated in extensive social and economic networks. In this first modern synthesis of data from the Chumash heartland, Lynn H. Gamble weaves together multiple sources of evidence to re-create the rich tapestry of Chumash society. Drawing from archaeology, historical documents, ethnography, and ecology, she describes daily life in the large mainland towns, focusing on Chumash culture, household organization, politics, economy, warfare, and more.
  

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Contents

Theoretical Considerations
1
2 The Environment and Its Management
17
3 Cultural Setting
37
4 Historic Chumash Settlements on the Mainland Coast
65
5 Village and Household Organization
113
6 Subsistence and Feasting
151
7 Rank Ritual and Power
191
Manifestations of Wealth Finance
223
9 Conflict and Social Integration
249
Comparative Analysis and Final Thoughts
275
Notes
303
References
309
Index
345
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Lynn H. Gamble is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara

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