- List of Figures
- List of Contributors
- Questioning the Past in North America
- Hunter-Gatherer Theory in North American Archaeology
- Bone Lickers, Grave Diggers, and Other Unsavory Characters: Archaeologists, Archaeological Cultures, and the Disconnect from Native Peoples
- Historical Archaeology and Native Agency across the Spanish Borderlands
- Some Commonalities Linking North America and Mesoamerica
- The North American <i>Oikoumene</i>
- People, Plants, and Culinary Traditions
- Early Paleoindians, from Colonization to Folsom
- Pleistocene Settlement in the East
- Archaeological Histories and Cultural Processes
- Arctic and Subarctic
- The West
- Foundations for the Far West: Paleoindian Cultures on the Western Fringe of North America
- Archaeology of the Northwest Coast
- The Winter Village Pattern on the Plateau of Northwestern North America
- Great Basin Foraging Strategies
- The Evolution of Social Organization, Settlement Patterns, and Population Densities in Prehistoric Owens Valley
- Mound Building by California Hunter-Gatherers
- Diversity, Exchange, and Complexity in the California Bight
- Archaeologies of Colonial Reduction and Cultural Production in Native Northern California
- Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Seaboard
- Plains and Upper Midwest
- Midsouth and Southeast
- Greater Southwest and Northern Mexico
Abstract and Keywords
This article aims to outline themes of research in Native northern California, specifically under Spanish/Mexican and Russian control, in order to highlight key issues in North American archaeology that manifest uniquely and informatively on the West Coast. It restricts this discussion to northern California since this region has produced to date some of the most detailed and theoretically rich insights into Native American histories and cultures in colonial California. A fundamental issue in the archaeology of Native Americans during colonial periods is the question of change and continuity. The answers frequently rely on dichotomous categories of colonizer and colonized, or European and Native American, and rarely delve into the intersection of material culture, space, social memory, and labor to answer these difficult questions.
Stephen W. Silliman is Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Boston.
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