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What This Awl Means

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What This Awl Means: Feminist Archaeology at a Wahpeton Dakota Village
Author: Janet D. Spector

Frustrated by traditional approaches to interpreting archeological remains, Spector, an anthropologist at the University of Minnesota, attempts a more culturally sensitive reading of a site in Minnesota occupied by the Wahpeton (a division of the Sioux) until the 1850s. Working closely with modern descendants of those earlier inhabitants, Spector examined various tasks of daily life to try to reconstruct gender roles in the culture. In this endeavor, the awl of the title, uncovered in the dig, becomes important both for what it is able to tell us about gender roles and as a metaphor for what Spector believes should be the methodology of anthropologists. The history and daily life of the Wahpeton is imaginatively reconstructed by the author from the bits and pieces discovered in the earth. She writes with an energy and enthusiasm that make interesting what could be academic and dull.

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  • Paperback: 173 pages
  • Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press (May 15, 1993)
  • ISBN-10: 0873512782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873512787
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.5 inches
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