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By Thomas Biolsi

This significant other is made out of 27 unique contributions by means of best students within the box and summarizes the nation of anthropological wisdom of Indian peoples, in addition to the background that bought us up to now.

  • Surveys the whole diversity of yank Indian anthropology: from ecological and political-economic inquiries to issues referring to faith, language, and expressive tradition
  • Each bankruptcy presents definitive insurance of its subject, in addition to situating ethnographic and ethnohistorical information into better frameworks
  • Explores anthropology’s contribution to wisdom, its historical and ongoing complicities with colonialism, and its political and moral duties towards the folks 'studied'
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    London: Unwin Hyman. CHAPTER 2 Historical Demography Russell Thornton The Native American population of North America declined following European contact and colonialism. How much decline is debated, since estimates of aboriginal population size for North America vary widely. The classic estimate of aboriginal population size for this area is by James Mooney. Early in the 20th century, he estimated individual Native American tribal populations, summed them by regions, and then totaled the regions to arrive at an estimate of 1,152,000 for North America north of the Rio Grande River at first (extensive) European contact (see Mooney, 1928).

    Archaeologists cannot measure population sizes directly and so must use proxy measures. These include the numbers of archaeological sites through time, changes in site sizes (larger sites presumably indicate more people), changing frequencies of radiocarbon dates (or radiometrically dated sites) through time, changes in the numbers of burials, and so on. None of these can do more than provide the basis for relative statements (‘‘populations grew significantly during this period,’’ ‘‘the numbers of people fluctuated during this time’’).

    In Handbook of North American Indians, vol. 12: Plateau, ed. D. E. Walker, pp. 467–484. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press. ’’ In Indians, Fire and the Land in the Pacific Northwest, ed. R. T. Boyd. Corvallis: Oregon State University Press. Bunting, R. 1997: The Pacific Raincoast: Environment and Culture in an American Eden, 1778–1900. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas. Campbell, S. K. D. D. dissertation, University of Washington, Seattle. Chatters, J. C. ’’ Journal of World Prehistory 9(3): 341–400.

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