9780826338341

Pottery and Practice : The Expression of Identity at Pottery Mound and Hummingbird Pueblo

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  • ISBN13:

    9780826338341

  • ISBN10:

    0826338348

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-04-30
  • Publisher: Univ of New Mexico Pr

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Summary

Pottery and Practice examines decorated pottery and its production in prehispanic New Mexico's Lower Rio Puerco area through the lens of practice theory. Arguing that social relations can be interpreted from the mundane practice of everyday life, Eckert shows how the relationship between ethnicity, migration, and ritual practice combined to create a complexly patterned material culture among residents of two fourteenth-century Pueblo villages. Focusing specifically on the social boundaries that existed between immigrant and local Pueblo groups, she argues that tensions between these groups were articulated in potters' decisions of how to make and decorate their vessels. After providing the archaeological and temporal context of her study, Eckert defines communities of practice and communities of identity within Pottery Mound and Hummingbird Pueblo, and then examines these communities in light of migration and ritual practice.

Author Biography

Suzanne L. Eckert is an assistant professor of anthropology at Texas A&M University in College Station

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. ix
List of Tablesp. x
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Pottery and Practice: An Introductionp. 1
Understanding the Creation, Maintenance, and Transformation of Social Boundaries through Practice Theoryp. 9
Pottery Mound and Hummingbird Pueblo: Archaeological and Temporal Contextp. 15
Communities of Practice in the Lower Rio Puerco Areap. 31
Identifying Potential Homelands for Immigrants Living in the Lower Rio Puerco Area during the Fourteenth Centuryp. 43
Communities of Identity in the Lower Rio Puerco Areap. 57
Social Integration and Ideology: A New Ritual System along the Lower Rio Puercop. 81
Pottery and Practice in Fourteenth-Century Villages along the Lower Rio Puercop. 97
Pueblo III and Pueblo IV Pottery Types Produced in the Lower Rio Puerco Regionp. 107
Seriation of Ceramic Types from the Lower Rio Puerco Districtp. 123
Description of Petrographic Temper Typesp. 145
Code Sheet and Summary Tables for Faunal Analysisp. 153
Referencesp. 175
Indexp. 197
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