Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Colonial contacts and individual burials: Structure, agency, and identity in 19th century Wisconsin
by Smith, Sarah Elizabeth, M.S., The University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, 2014, 112; 1571930
Abstract (Summary)

Individual burials are always representative of both individuals and collective actors. The physical remains, material culture, and represented practices in burials can be used in concert to study identities and social personas amongst individual and collective actors. These identities and social personas are the result of the interaction between agency and structure, where both individuals and groups act to change and reproduce social structures.

The three burials upon which this study is based are currently held in the collections of the Milwaukee Public Museum. They are all indigenous burials created in Wisconsin in the 19th century. Biological sex, stature, age, and pathologies were identified from skeletal analysis and the material culture of each burial was analyzed using a Use/Origin model to attempt to understand how these individuals negotiated and constructed identities within a colonial system.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Richards, Patricia
Commitee: Arnold, Bettina, Malaby, Thomas
School: The University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- Wisconsin
Source: MAI 54/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Archaeology, American history, Native American studies
Keywords: Bioarchaeology, Fur trade, Mortuary archaeology, Native American, Structuration, Wisconsin
Publication Number: 1571930
ISBN: 978-1-321-45227-3
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