Wonderful Power: The Story of Ancient Copper Working in the Lake Superior Basin

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Wayne State University Press, 1999 - History - 286 pages
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Long before the arrival of European settlers, Native Americans in the Lake Superior basin mined and worked copper and traded it well beyond the region. They directed white settlers to copper lodes and explained the mineral's significance and "wonderful power." Wonderful Power examines the archaeological record to relate the story of that unique industry. Susan Martin has collected critical but scattered information about the uses of ancient copper to address long-standing puzzles over how long it had been used, where it was mined, and who these ancient coppersmiths were.
 

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Contents

List of Figures
9
2
21
3
28
What Has Particularly Recommended Their Labors to Me
45
4
81
Implements Ornaments and Objects of Faith of Great Variety
113
6
123
They Must Have Been Numerous Industrious and Persevering
139
7
146
Wonderful Power
183
8
213
Some Native Copper Artifacts
227
Notes
253
References
261
Index
277
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Susan R. Martin is an assistant professor of archaeology and anthropology at Michigan Technological University.

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