Sept. 15: "Household Economy, Gendered Labor, and Spanish Colonialism in the Mariana Islands"

The below is quoted directly from an email circulated by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, which is co-sponsoring this presentation:

Household Economy, Gendered Labor, and Spanish Colonialism in the Mariana Islands
James M. Bayman
Anthropology, UH Manoa
Thursday, September 15th, 3:00 pm, in Crawford Hall 105
Gendered labor characterizes household economies throughout the world but its archaeological evidence is often elusive.  This presentation compares ethnohistoric accounts of household organization with archaeological patterns of domestic economy at a 17th century village on the island of Guam in the Marianas archipelago.  This study analyzes archaeological assemblages from two latte buildings to document the economic activities of their residents.  Unexpected differences in their assemblages indicate that economic tasks varied between the residents of the two latte buildings and that traditional Chamorro households were comprised of multiple buildings.  Thus, this archaeological study reveals proxemic aspects of gendered labor in a contact-period community on the island of Guam that written accounts do not fully describe in the Mariana Islands.  This presentation also considers the consequences of Spanish colonialism on Chamorro society, and the implications of this study for the interpretation of household economies in Pacific archaeology.  This research took place during an archaeological field school conducted through a partnership between the Micronesian Area Research Center (MARC) at the University of Guam and the Department of Anthropology at the University of Hawai'i-Manoa.

Dr. James M. Bayman is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Hawai'i-Manoa where he teaches courses in anthropological archaeology.  His research interests include political economy, technology, and colonialism in the Pacific Islands and the North American Southwest.   His most recent fieldwork has focused on archaeology in the Mariana Islands.  He is a former president of the Society for Hawaiian Archaeology and he is currently Coordinator of the Applied Archaeology Track at UH-Manoa.
Co-sponsored with the UHM Center for Pacific Islands Studies
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