Message #97
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 

Date: Tue, 10 Mar 1998
Subject: Borrowing From Other Cultures

[ AzTeC / SWA SASIG ] :

From: Miranda Warburton miranda.warburton@nau.edu

I have attached a copy of my SAA abstract. This is for
a paper in a symposium entitled: "Indigenous Responses
to Colonial Encounters:  Archaeological Explorations
of Contact between Europeans and Indigenous Peoples
at Varying Levels of Social Complexity."   

When is a Navajo?
Cultural Conservatism through Incorporation

EuroAmerican artifacts are found with increasing
frequency through time at Navajo sites. Does this
reflect a fundamental shift away from Navajo tradition?
Navajos are characterized by anthropologists as
incorporative, and thus adaptive under culture contact
conditions. Navajo-Puebloan and Navajo-EuroAmerican
interaction and borrowing are examples. The underlying
assumption is that for every item taken from the
dominant culture, a traditional trait or custom is
given up. The Navajo cultural and traditional core,
however, has endured despite borrowing items and
technological ideas from other cultures. Furthermore,
Navajo world view continues to be expressed in
architecture and site structure.

Warburton, Miranda, Tribal Archaeologist,
Navajo Nation Archaeology Department NNAD-NAU,
Bilby Research Center, P.O. Box 6013, Flagstaff AZ 86011;
(520) 523-7428 (520) 523-7290; Miranda.Warburton@nau.edu