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anthropology

The Material Culture of the Chumash Interaction Sphere, Volume I

A strong understanding of material culture - that is, tools, containers, clothing, and myriad other kinds of artifacts that people make - is required for a true understanding of any culture as a whole. In this encyclopedic five volume series Travis Hudson and Thomas Blackburn carefully document virtually every type of cultural artifact known to have been made and used by the Chumash and the neighboring peoples with whom they traded both goods and ideas. This series combines information from historic, ethnographic, and archaeological sources to provide a more comprehensive picture of lifeways of the Native Americans populating the Santa Barbara Channel region.

Volume I focuses on the procurement of foodstuffs and transportation of both humans and their goods. These topics are presented in chapters pertaining to items used in hunting, fishing, gathering and carrying, and canoes and canoe accessories.