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An Evaluation of Models of Inezeño Chumash Subsistence and Economics


A hasty conclusion to this evaluation of the models of Inezeño economic organization and the evidence supporting them might be that the models should be set aside and attention devoted to ascertaining archaeological (and environmental) facts before returning to model-building. This is reasonable, but it must be remembered that the facts we look for (e.g., small pieces of salmonid bones) and the techniques used to obtain them (e.g., fine screening) imply that certain kinds of information are necessary to test such models as these. It cannot be denied that the presentation of the models, however flawed they might be, has had the effect of focusing our attention on problems that otherwise probably would not be recognized. So as we set out to seek more facts, we should also be refining our models. The two enterprises go hand-in-hand.

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