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CMW Seminars: Dr John L Creese

Last Friday, we hosted Dr John L Creese (University of Cambridge) for a fascinating journey into the material world of the Iroquois. Focusing on the Wendat and Huron, John was able to call upon written reports from the earliest French missionaries in this territory and balance these with the archaeological remains. The process of fragmentation, accumulation, consumption and enchainment can be traced with both tobacco pipes and human remains, raising questions of personhood and self which apply well to those of us working in Old World contexts. The concept of emotion-work is a convincing framework for understanding how these processes worked on a personal level beyond the field of archaeology. We hope to hear more from John soon!

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