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Treasures from Native California: The Legacy of Russian Exploration

Treasures from Native California: The Legacy of Russian Exploration

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The brief Russian presence in California yielded some of the earliest ethnography of Native Californians and some of the best collections of their material culture. Unstudied by western scholars because of their being housed in Russian museums, they are presented here for the first time in an English language volume. Descriptions of early nineteenth-century travelers such as von Wrangel and Voznesenskii are followed by a catalog of objects ranging from hunting weapons to household objects to ritual dress to musical instruments, games, and gift objects. This catalog of objects includes over 150 images, many in full color. An essential volume for those interested in the ethnology, archaeology, art, and cultures of Native Californians.

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ISBN-13: 9781315416359
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/01/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 231
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

The late Travis Hudson was Curator of Anthropology at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (1973-1985). A specialist on the Chumash people of California, he wrote numerous books, articles, and reports on the subject, as well as contributing papers on sailing technology, rock art, archaeoastronomy, and material culture. He coauthored, with Thomas Blackburn, the five volumes of The Material Culture of the Chumash Interaction Sphere.

Craig Bates is former Curator of Ethnography at the Yosemite Museum. A specialist in basketry, he is author of over 100 articles and monographs on western Native American material culture and history.

Thomas Blackburn is emeritus professor of anthropology at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He has published extensively on symbolic anthropology and the native peoples of California. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology, and is the recipient of the Fredrickson Lifetime Achievement Award of the Society for California Archaeology.
John R. Johnson is Curator of Anthropology at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and adjunct professor of anthropology at University of California, Santa Barbara.  His research contributions include more than eighty studies devoted to California Indian prehistory and ethnohistory.

Stephen D. Watrous is emeritus professor of history at Sonoma State University and an expert on the Russian experience in America.
Glenn J. Farris is a Senior State Archaeologist for the California State Parks. He is a recipient of both the Fredrickson Lifetime Achievement Award and the Baumhoff Special Achievement Award of the Society for California Archaeology.

Table of Contents

FOREWORD by Stephen D. Watrous EDITOR’S PREFACE, Thomas Blackburn ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 1. Introduction: The Kunstkamera’s California Collection 2. Documenting A Collection: The Collectors And Their Objects 3. A Superb Collector Visits California: Il’ia G. Voznesenskii 4. Describing A People: The Russians As California Ethnographers 5. Objects Of The Quest: Hunting And Gathering Equipment Hunting: Model Tule Boat, Hair Rope, Deer Decoy Headdresses, Bows, Arrows, Arrow Quiver?, Net Bag Gathering: Seed Beater, Burden Baskets, Carrying Nets, 6. Objects Of Home And Hearth: Food Preparation And Shelter Food Preparation/Serving: Winnowing Trays, Sifting Tray, Mortar and Pestle, Hopper Basket, Basket Trays, Basket Bowl, Seed Cake, Household: Firemaking Kit, Woven Mats, Feather Blankets, Storage Jar 7. Interacting With the Supernatural: Ritual Dress Headwear: Flicker-Quill Headbands, Feather Topknots, Hairnets, Hairpins Bodywear: Women’s Skirts, Feather Cape, Kukshui Cloak, Mollok Cloak, Clamshell Belt, Feather Belts, Feather Band Ornaments: Ear Rods, Ear Pendants, Necklaces, Feather Rope 8. Objects For Ceremonial Occasions: Music, Gifts, And Games Music: Gourd Rattle, Bird-Bone Whistles Gifts: Fancy Baskets Games: Gaming Bones 9. AFTERWORD: THE BICENTENARY AND BEYOND, Glenn J. Farris APPENDIX BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX ABOUT THE AUTHORS

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