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Author Blumer, Thomas John
Title Catawba Indian Pottery : The Survival of a Folk Tradition
Imprint Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, 2004
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Series Contemporary American Indian Studies
Contemporary American Indian Studies
Note Intro -- Contents -- List of Figures -- Foreword -- Preface -- 1. Discovering the Catawba -- 2. A Family Economy Based on Pottery -- 3. Peddling Pottery -- 4. The Indian Circuit -- 5. Teaching the Craft -- 6. Professionalism and the Catawba Potters -- 7. A Native Resource, Clay -- 8. Tools: Ancient and Modern Adaptations -- 9. Building Pots: Woodland and Mississippian Methods -- 10. Design Motifs -- 11. The Pipe Industry -- 12. Burning the Pottery -- Conclusion -- References Cited -- Index
With a Foreword by William Harris When Europeans encountered them, the Catawba Indians were living along the river and throughout the valley that carries their name near the present North Carolina-South Carolina border. Archaeologists later collected and identified categories of pottery types belonging to the historic Catawba and extrapolated an association with their protohistoric and prehistoric predecessors. In this volume, Thomas Blumer traces the construction techniques of those documented ceramics to the lineage of their probable present-day master potters or, in other words, he traces the Catawba pottery traditions. By mining data from archives and the oral traditions of contemporary potters, Blumer reconstructs sales circuits regularly traveled by Catawba peddlers and thereby illuminates unresolved questions regarding trade routes in the protohistoric period. In addition, the author details particular techniques of the representative potters- factors such as clay selection, tool use, decoration, and firing techniques- which influence their styles
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Blumer, Thomas John Catawba Indian Pottery : The Survival of a Folk Tradition Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press,c2004 9780817313838
Subject Catawba pottery -- Themes, motives.;Catawba Indians -- Industries.;Pottery craft -- South Carolina
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Alt Author Harris, William L
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