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The Chumash World at European ContactPower, Trade, and Feasting Among Complex Hunter-Gatherers$
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Lynn Gamble

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780520254411

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520254411.001.0001

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(p.223) Chapter 8 Economics and Exchange
The Chumash World at European Contact

Lynn H. Gamble

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the Chumash economic network and its organization of power, which was considered integral to the system. It first looks at the contexts of exchange, which normally included food and raw materials. The chapter then examines shell beads and indicators of wealth and rank, and presents several theoretical considerations about Chumash exchange. It also discusses canoes, which were used to make exchanges between the mainland and other settlements, the available centers of exchange, prestige goods, and network power.

Keywords:   economic network, organization of power, contexts of exchange, shell beads, Chumash exchange, canoes, centers of exchange, prestige goods, network power

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