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The Material Culture of the Chumash Interaction Sphere, Volume V

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 V focuses on how specific materials were made into artifacts both simple and complex, and how they were distributed among and between cultural groups. These topics are presented in chapters pertaining to processing stone, bone, wood, shell, and hide; making adhesives, paints, and textiles; methods of measurement; and currency and economic exchange.