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Beyond the loom: keys to understanding early Southwestern by Ann Lane Hedlund

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By this time, the Navajo, who had learned to weave from the Pueblos sometime in the 1600s, had become dominant figures in southwestern weaving. If the Navajo woven products did not match the Spanish fabrics in quantity, they clearly made up for it in terms of quality. When common Spanish blankets sold for two dollars and the finest Hispanic copies of Saltillo Page 2 and Navajo sarapes sold for twenty, the fine Navajo sarapes brought fifty to a hundred dollars. Many of these blankets of the mid-nineteenth century found their way into the hands of the Americans of New Mexico and Arizona, but many more were sent East by early merchants and settlers as curios for their families and friends.

121-122). While hundreds of pounds of cotton, silk, and wool yarns appear as standard items in these invoices, the figures represent minimum amounts only. Dye Identification Materials scientists and other specialists can play an important role in identifying dyes used in textiles. While the physical examination of documented textiles and the archival search for corroborating information could be accomplished without outside help, certain aspects of the survey such as dye testing required collaboration with specialists.

He did graduate work under Emil Haury and Edward H. A. D. (1953). Among other things, both universities emphasized the skills and tools required to make systematic analyses of artifacts. Wheat's major archaeological research, such as his projects at the prehistoric Jurgens, Olsen-Chubbuck, and Yellow Jacket sites, repeatedly points out the relevance of artifact studies in archaeology and, more generally, in anthropology. Wheat arrived at the University of Colorado Museum (UCM) in 1953 as Curator of Anthropology, and retired as Curator Emeritus in 1986.

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