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A Population History of the Huron-Petun, A.D. 500–1650

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Part of Studies in North American Indian History

  • Date Published: February 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521440301

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  • A Population History of the Huron-Petun, A.D. 500–1650, reconstructs the population history of the Wendat-Tionontaté (Huron-Petun) people using archaeological, paleodemographic, historical, and epidemiological research. This book argues that the Wendat-Tionontaté occupied southern Ontario for thousands of years and that maize agriculture was gradually adopted by groups who were not experiencing population pressure, but who were simply interested in supplementing their hunting, gathering, and fishing diet with a reliable food that could also be stored to avert winter famine deaths. The book demonstrates that gradual population growth followed the adoption of maize agriculture, but that rapid population growth did not occur until the fourteenth century, encouraged by the colonization of new lands. The book also documents and explains why epidemic diseases of European origin did not occur among the Wendat-Tionontaté and other Native peoples of eastern North America until the 1630s.

    • First population history of a Native American group from ancient times to European contact
    • Provides estimates of the actual population of Wendat-Tionontaté for several centuries
    • Argues that population growth did not cause or immediately follow the adoption of maize agriculture by ancestral Wendat-Tionontaté
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    “Gary Warrick’s population history of the Wendat-Tiononataté (Huron-Petun) is a must read for all scholars of Native American demographic history. His historiographic analysis of population numbers combined with a critical archaeological assessment of prehistoric population estimates make for a compelling argument that, although devastating, infectious diseases were a late introduction to the region. Disease outbreaks postdated indirect contact by nearly 100 years and direct contact by at least 20 years.” -Anne F. Ramenofsky, University of New Mexico

    “The rare peculiarities of Northern Iroquoian archaeology make the study of population history possible even in the absence of documentary sources. Gary Warrick’s landmark study of the Huron-Petun is in the grand tradition of Canadian scholarship founded by Bruce G. Trigger, a foundation upon which much future scholarship will certainly be based. While future research will no doubt lead to revisions here than there, as a whole this book is certain to be an enduring classic.” -Dean R. Snow, Penn State University

    “Garry Warrick's idea of ‘community-based archaeology’, as evinced in this beautiful book he has given us, offers living people of all traditions a simple way for understanding how other fellow-humans have gone about living. Since Life works in cycles, the wisdom of the Huron-Petun can guide and inspire us all in times to come. As a Huron-Wyandot, I feel that Gary Warrick’s respectful, vibrant, future-oriented gaze on my people’s tragic history can help my people and other Indigenous peoples come to terms with the grief we have had.” -Georges Sioui, University of Ottawa

    "In this major study, Warrick (anthropology, Wilfrd Laurier U., Brantford, Ontario, Canada) offers a detailed history of the Wendat- Tionontat over a lengthy period, with detailed discussion of the shifts in family size, in part through the development of maize agriculture. The process of determining population size and change from archaeology, and the theory of population change are discussed at length. A history of Native American population, depopulation, and Iroquoian archaeology are also provided. This is a substantial revision of Warrick's Ph.D. dissertation with the celebrated late archaeologist Bruce Trigger, at McGill U., Canada, and will be of interest to archaeologists, historians, and students of Native American history and culture." -Book News Inc

    "In this major study, Warrick offers a detailed history of the Wendat- Tionontaté people of what is now Ontario, Canada." -Reference & Research Book News

    "Overall, Warrick has written a well-researched and cogently argued book." -Roger M. Carpenter, Canadian Journal of History

    "Warrick previously studied under the late Bruce Trigger while a Ph.D. candidate at McGill University; this definitive study now makes him Trigger's heir apparent as principal scholar in the realm of Huron-Petun studies." -Timothy D. Willig, The Historian

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521440301
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 162 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • contains: 22 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Native American Population History: Part II. The Wendat-Tionontaté:
    1. Names
    2. The people
    3. The land - Wendake
    4. Study area
    5. Settlement pattern
    6. Subsistence
    7. Life and death
    8. Sociopolitics, trade, and warfare
    9. Wendat-Tionontaté history
    Part III. Pre-Industrial Demography:
    1. Theories of population change
    2. Culture history and population change
    3. Pre-industrial demography
    Part IV. Archaeological Methods for Estimating Population Aize:
    1. Middle-range theory in archaeology
    2. Carrying capacity
    3. Population density
    4. Historical census
    5. Artifacts and food remains
    6. Burials
    7. Settlement remains
    Part V. Estimating Wendat-Tionontaté Population:
    1. Seventeenth-century observations
    2. Iroquoian population research
    3. Estimating Wendat-Tionontaté population change from archaeological data
    4. Site data
    5. Identification of village sites
    6. Representativeness of site sample
    7. Site dating
    8. Ontario Iroquoian chronology
    9. Site periodization
    10. Site duration
    11. Village size data
    12. Hearth counts
    13. Site growth and contemporaneity
    14. Relative Wendat-Tionontaté population estimates
    15. Absolute Wendat-Tionontaté population estimates
    Part VI. Pre-Contact Population of the Wendat-Tionontaté:
    1. Wendat origins
    2. Middle woodland baseline
    3. Adoption of maize agriculture
    4. Early Iroquoian population growth
    5. Uren colonization
    6. Middleport population explosion
    7. Late pre-contact population nucleation and sociopolitical change
    Part VII. Wendat-Tionontaté Depopulation:
    1. Sixteenth-century Wendat-Tionontaté population
    2. Seventeenth-century Wendat-Tionontaté population

  • Author

    Gary Warrick
    Gary Warrick holds a B.A. in Anthropology from McMaster University, an M.A. in Archaeology from Simon Fraser University, and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from McGill University. From 1989 to 1999 he worked for the Ministry of Transportation for the province of Ontario and was a lecturer at the University of Toronto at Mississauga from 1997 to 1999. Currently, Warrick is Associate Professor at the Brantford Campus of Wilfred Laurier University. He has been published in various journals, including Ontario Archaeology, the Canadian Journal of Archaeology, Current Anthropology, World Archaeology, and Journal of World Prehistory. He was also featured in The Ethics of Archaeology (Cambridge University Press, 2006).

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