Academic journal article Material Culture

Editor's Note

Academic journal article Material Culture

Editor's Note

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Dear Colleagues,

Amidst fluctuating temperatures and precipitation levels this winter, I am happy to bring you the Spring issue of Material Culture. Three very different but equally interesting articles await you! First, Christopher Baas and Darin Rubino explore one material culture artifact from the Ohio valley: Samuel Hewitt's hay press. Their research is an excellent example of a bridge between the natural and social sciences, as the hay press is examined from both perspectives and the choices made by hay press users are considered. Second, anthropologist Marshall Becker shares another dimension of his continuing research on the material culture of Native American groups. This time, he analyses the containers used to store diplomatic wampum, and considers how these containers offer clues about the nature of wampum diplomacy in the early 1600s-1800s. He notes a core-periphery variation in these containers, which is further described in his article. Finally, Steven Haack shares a review essay of Swagerty's The Indianization of Lewis and CUrk. …

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