International Journal of Historical Archaeology

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 1-34

“A Set of Very Fair Cups and Saucers”: Stamped Ceramics as an Example of Inuit Incorporation

  • Melanie CabakAffiliated withSavannah River Archaeological Research Project, South Carolina Institute of Anthropology and Archaeology
  • , Stephen LoringAffiliated withArctic Studies Center, National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), Smithsonian Institution

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During the nineteenth century, the Labrador Inuit were incorporated into the global economic system primarily through contact with Moravian missionaries. Although they never abandoned traditional food procurement strategies, some Inuit became wage laborers for missions, and others participated in a market economy based on their procurement of marine mammals, fish, and furbearers. Excavations conducted at the Inuit village site of Nain attest to the increased consumption of European products throughout the nineteenth century. We describe one recovered artifact type, stamped earthenware, in detail and discuss how these artifacts provide insight into global economic processes.

Labrador Inuit world systems theory nineteenth century stamped (cut-sponge) ceramics