The Fur Trade and The Women Who Made It

The integration of trade with Europeans was shaped by Haudenosaunee gendered labor roles.

Lecture Description

On the eve of the American Revolution, consumers in Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) territories bought a wide variety of imported silks, china, calicos, silver, tea, and chocolate, which they took home to traditional longhouses and reworked to suit their own needs. The long history of mutually beneficial Haudenosaunee trade with settlers reveals the way in which clothing and objects create categories of gender, race, and nation.


Colonial Material Culture and Architecture

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