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Clay as Canvas: Zuni Pottery and Changing Social Identity, A.D. 1300-1900

In this “Tea and Archaeology” presentation, Dr. Barbara Mills discussed how Zuni potters used their medium to reinforce community identities and to distinguish themselves from other areas of the Southwest in the late prehistoric and historic periods. When placed within the context of massive demographic changes in the rest of the region at this time, the variety of pottery produced in the Zuni area provides archaeologists with a rich case study in how identity and ceramics may be linked. Professor Mills draws on her long-term analyses of Zuni pottery, including whole vessel collections from Hawikku, Kechipawan, and Zuni Pueblo, to illustrate her talk.

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