Anthropology of the North Pacific Rim

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Investigating 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 ...
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Overview

Investigating 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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Two dozen essays presented at a symposium at the opening of a joint Soviet, American, and Canadian exhibit at the Smithsonian Institute, September 1988, consider the Arctic cultures of the three countries as a single geographical unit. They discuss the historical and intellectual foundations of studying the region, maritime culture, clothing styles, settlement patterns, social organization, interactions among the cultures from prehistoric times to the present, and other topics. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781560982029
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1994
  • Pages: 379
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Research History and American-Asian Links 25
1 Crossroads of Continents: Review and Prospect 27
2 American-Asian Ties as Reflected in Athapaskan Material Culture 53
3 The Jesup North Pacific Expedition: A History of Russian-American Cooperation 63
4 Collections of the Native Peoples of the Russian Northeast in the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography 79
5 The Paleolithic of Kamchatka and Chukotka and the Problem of the Peopling of America 87
6 New Dental Anthropological Observations Relevant to the Human Population System of the Greater Beringian Realm 97
Pt. 2 Symbol and Object: Complexity in North Pacific Cultures 107
7 The Bleeding Coat: The Art of North Pacific Ritual Clothing 109
8 Deciphering Aleut/Koniag Iconography 133
9 Qasqiluteng: Feasting and Ceremonialism among the Traditional Koniag of Kodiak Island, Alaska 147
10 Eskimo Masks from Kodiak Island in the Collections of the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography in St. Petersburg 175
11 Traditional Choreographic Art of Northeastern Siberia 205
12 Koniag Eskimo Poisoned-Dart Whaling 217
13 Watercraft in the North Pacific: A Comparative View 243
14 Canoes of the Northwest Coast 259
15 Social Structure of the Peoples of Northeastern Asia 265
16 Traditional Culture of the Peoples of the Russian Pacific Coast 275
17 Beads at the Crossroads of Continents 281
Pt. 3 Interactions: Trade, War, and Peace 307
18 Interethnic Ties in Far Northeastern Siberia 309
19 Eskimo War and Peace 321
20 Aleut in the Kurile Islands: 1820-1870 337
21 Recent Ethnic Processes among the Peoples of the Russian Pacific Coast 347
22 Historical Background and Modern Trends in Native-Russian Bilingualism among Siberian Native Peoples 357
23 Crossroads? A Twentieth-Century History of Contacts across the Bering Strait 365
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