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7th Annual Native American Archaeology Roundtable– “Commerce Native American Style: Trade, Gift Exchange, & the Spiritual”

Event Date/Time

Nov 18, 2012
1:00 pm until 5:00 pm


7th Annual Native American Archaeology Roundtable– “Commerce Native American Style: Trade, Gift Exchange, & the Spiritual”

 Please join us for another rousing Native American-Archaeology Round Table with interesting presentations and panel discussions by local professional archaeologists and Native American leadership. This year’s theme will explore pre- and post-European contact Native American traders and their trade goods, trade routes, the importance of gifting, and the ceremonial aspects of indigenous exchange. Scheduled speakers are:

Dr. Barbara Calogero (independent geo-archaeologist) will describe the extensive geographic trade networks revealed by geological studies of ancient stone tools.   Heather Cowan Cruz (University of Connecticut, department of anthropology) will discuss the links between exchange, territoriality & cultural identity in southern New England 3500 years ago. Dr. Laurie Weinstein (Western Connecticut State University, department of anthropology) will apprise us of the active Native American networks during the “historic” period in Connecticut.   Brent Colley (local historian) will introduce us to the Native American pathways that physically connected trading partners, villages, and distant tribes to Connecticut’s indigenous communities, ushering in trade goods, foreign people, and new ideas. 

Panelists include Faith Davison (Mohegan elder and retired tribal archivist), Trudie Richmond (Schaghticoke elder, educator & author), Dr. Brian Jones (Archaeological & Historical Services, Inc.), and Elaine Thomas (Mohegan Member & Deputy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer). Dr. Lucianne Lavin (Director of Research & Collections at IAIS) will be moderator.     


Cost Free, dontations welcome

The Institute for American Indian Studies
38 Curtis Road
Washington, CT
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Additional Information
SponsorThe Institute for American Indian Studies
Contact nameLucianne Lavin

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