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Meeting                    7:00 PM
Lecture                     7:15 PM
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ct:”New Insights and Lingering Questions on the Relationship between Humans and Turkeys in the  Prehispanic American Southwest/Mexican Northwest

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Missions, Missionaries, and Native Americans
Mariah de Fatima Wade
AIA - Doris Z. Stone New World Archaeology Lecturer
Department of Anthropology
University of Texas, Austin, Texas

The insertion of a mission into the lived landscape of a Native American population and the mission’s layout reflected an assessment of how the  mission could function and achieve its aims among that population.  Hunting and gathering populations required different layouts than  agriculturists, and missionaries made decisions that often reflected  their missionary works in Iberia and elsewhere, and the ignorance of  Native Americans socio-cultural and ritual lives. Native American  populations were not consulted. This talk will discuss the differences  between missions established for hunting and gathering populations and  for agriculturists and how those differences affected missionaries and  Native Americans.


Mariah Wade is Associate Professor of Anthropology with the University of Texas at Austin, and holds her degrees in Anthropology and Archaeology from the same.  Her research interests include archaeology and ethnohistory of North America, colonial and post-colonial American Southwest, and Iberian Bronze and Iron Ages and Roman Period.  Her recent publications include Missions, Missionaries and Native Americas: long-term processes and daily practices (2008, University Press of Florida), “You are What you Eat: Toying with the Process of Becoming”, in Toys and Communication (2017, L. Magalh„es and J. Goldstein eds., Springer Publishers), “Portuguese presence in Spanish Colonial North America in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries” in Mechanisms of Global Empire Building. (2017, A. Polonia and C. Antunes eds, Porto: CITCEM-Afrontamento); her current project is A Land Between Rivers: the castro archaeology of northwestern Portugal (in preparation).

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