The Deadly Politics of Giving

The Deadly Politics of Giving : Exchange and Violence at Ajacan, Roanoke, and Jamestown

By (author) Seth Mallios


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With a focus on indigenous cultural systems and agency theory, this volume analyzes Contact Period relations between North American Middle Atlantic Algonquian Indians and the Spanish Jesuits at Ajacan (1570-72) and English settlers at Roanoke Island (1584-90) and Jamestown Island (1607-12). It is an anthropological and ethnohistorical study of how European violations of Algonquian gift-exchange systems led to intercultural strife during the late 1500s and early 1600s, destroying Ajacan and Roanoke, and nearly destroying Jamestown.

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  • Hardback | 168 pages
  • 154.9 x 231.1 x 17.8mm | 408.24g
  • 15 Nov 2006
  • The University of Alabama Press
  • Alabama
  • English
  • maps
  • 0817315160
  • 9780817315160

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Author Information

Seth Mallios is Associate Professor of Anthropology at San Diego State University and Director of the South Coastal Information Center, California Office of Historic Preservation, in San Diego. Author of many journal articles and chapters in edited volumes, this is his first book.

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"Mallios presents a fascinating study of early relations between Native Americans and Europeans at Ajacan, Roanoke, and Jamestown that will have wide appeal among anthropologists, historians, ethnohistorians, and archaeologists. An excellent book!" - Heather Lapham, Southern Illinois University Carbondale"

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