The brief Russian presence in California yielded some of the earliest ethnography of Native Californians and some of the best collections of their material culture. Unstudied by western scholars because of their being housed in Russian museums, they are presented here for the first time in an English language volume. Descriptions of early nineteenth-century travelers such as von Wrangel and Voznesenskii are followed by a catalog of objects ranging from hunting weapons to household objects to ritual dress to musical instruments, games, and gift objects. This catalog of objects includes over 150 images, many in full color. An essential volume for those interested in the ethnology, archaeology, art, and cultures of Native Californians.
*Outstanding Academic Title of 2015*
"A beautiful, well-crafted, and richly illustrated book that should be required reading for anyone interested in Native California and its interactions with European explorers, merchants, and settlers. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All public and academic levels/libraries."
-N. J. Parezo, University of Arizona, CHOICE Review
Table of Contents
FOREWORD by Stephen D. Watrous EDITOR’S PREFACE, Thomas Blackburn ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 1. Introduction: The Kunstkamera’s California Collection 2. Documenting A Collection: The Collectors And Their Objects 3. A Superb Collector Visits California: Il’ia G. Voznesenskii 4. Describing A People: The Russians As California Ethnographers 5. Objects Of The Quest: Hunting And Gathering Equipment Hunting: Model Tule Boat, Hair Rope, Deer Decoy Headdresses, Bows, Arrows, Arrow Quiver?, Net Bag Gathering: Seed Beater, Burden Baskets, Carrying Nets, 6. Objects Of Home And Hearth: Food Preparation And Shelter Food Preparation/Serving: Winnowing Trays, Sifting Tray, Mortar and Pestle, Hopper Basket, Basket Trays, Basket Bowl, Seed Cake, Household: Firemaking Kit, Woven Mats, Feather Blankets, Storage Jar 7. Interacting With the Supernatural: Ritual Dress Headwear: Flicker-Quill Headbands, Feather Topknots, Hairnets, Hairpins Bodywear: Women’s Skirts, Feather Cape, Kukshui Cloak, Mollok Cloak, Clamshell Belt, Feather Belts, Feather Band Ornaments: Ear Rods, Ear Pendants, Necklaces, Feather Rope 8. Objects For Ceremonial Occasions: Music, Gifts, And Games Music: Gourd Rattle, Bird-Bone Whistles Gifts: Fancy Baskets Games: Gaming Bones 9. AFTERWORD: THE BICENTENARY AND BEYOND, Glenn J. Farris APPENDIX BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX ABOUT THE AUTHORS
BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
- SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology