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    Anthropology of the North Pacific Rim (Hardback) Edited by William W. Fitzhugh, Edited by Valerie Chaussonnet, By (author) Valerie Chaussonnet


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    DescriptionInvestigating the anthropology, history, and art of the North Pacific rim from a comparative, trans-Beringian perspective, the essays in this book demonstrate that this region, often thought to be an icy, fog-bound vastness at the end of the world, more resembles an arctic Mediterranean, rich in material resources and cultural diversity.Presenting scholarship and artifact collections originating in the former Soviet Union and the Americas, the book reflects the renewal of a long-standing yet interrupted discourse on arctic cultures begun in 1598 when Jose de Acosta first proposed affinities between American Indians and the peoples of Asia. The essays in the first section address the intellectual and historical issues that have motivated North Pacific anthropology, including the prehistoric origins of arctic peoples, possible patterns of contact and diffusion, and the influence of the Morris Jesup Expedition (1898-1903), led by Franz Boas - the first expedition capable of confirming the extent and nature of arctic exchanges.Other essays delve into specific northern maritime cultures, revealing in examples of clothing styles, iconography, dance, watercraft, settlement patterns, and social organization a degree of social complexity surpassing that of many simple chiefdoms in more temperate areas. A final group of pieces explore the interactions and exchanges between Siberian, Alaskan, and Northwest coast cultures from prehistoric times to the present. Tracing the rise of trading relationships, the impact of white presence, and the prevalence of violence and war in northern cultures, these essays focus on the demographic, technical, linguistic, and biological dimensions of sociocultural change.

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    Anthropology of the North Pacific Rim
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by William W. Fitzhugh, Edited by Valerie Chaussonnet, By (author) Valerie Chaussonnet
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 147 mm
    Height: 218 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 694 g
    ISBN 13: 9781560982029
    ISBN 10: 1560982020

    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC subject category V2: JFC
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KB
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.2
    BIC subject category V2: JFSL9, JHM
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002010
    LC classification: GN635.S5C7
    DC20: 306.091823
    Thema V1.0: JHM, JBCC, JBSL11
    Illustrations note
    Smithsonian Books
    Imprint name
    Smithsonian Books
    Publication date
    01 March 1994
    Publication City/Country
    Washington, DC