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Charting Material Memories: an ethnography of material and visual responses to woollen trade blankets in Canada, the USA, and Aotearoa/New Zealand

Fiona Macdonald, Department of Anthropology, UCL


One of the most conspicuous connections that links three nations (Canada, the United States, and Aotearoa/New Zealand) is witnessed through material culture—those objects of everyday life. Through trade, gift, theft, immigration, and migration, the things people have created for centuries have been crossing the landscape since time immemorial—today these objects are situated in diverse cultural contexts. Particular to a colonial experience since the 1600s is a relationship with woollen trade blankets. Woollen trade blankets produced in the United Kingdom since the seventeenth century were invaluable commodities disseminated with colonial missions to be gifted and traded with indigenous peoples in both Canada and the United States of America by agents such as the Hudson’s Bay Company, and via the South Pacific Trading Company to Aotearoa/New Zealand.…

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