Calabashes and bottle gourds from Suriname. A comparative research between Maroons and Amerindians, with a case-study in Konomerume, a Kari'na village.

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Calabashes and bottle gourds from Suriname. A comparative research between Maroons and Amerindians, with a case-study in Konomerume, a Kari'na village.

Type: Master thesis
Title: Calabashes and bottle gourds from Suriname. A comparative research between Maroons and Amerindians, with a case-study in Konomerume, a Kari'na village.
Author: Meulenberg, I.R.M.M.
Issue Date: 2012-01
Keywords: calabashes
bottle gourds
ethnoarchaeology
museum study
Kari´na
Suriname
Abstract: This thesis gives a detailed overview of the use, production, decoration and iconography of calabashes (Crescentia cujete) and bottle gourds (Lagenaria siceraria) among the Amerindians and Maroons of Suriname. This is the first time that such an overview is made for Amerindian calabashes and gourds. Next to that it will also investigate the possible exchange between Amerindians and Maroons in relation to calabashes and bottle gourds, as it can be assumed that these two groups lived in much closer contact than previously thought. Furthermore, it will become clear that these fruits had a much more prominent role in the material culture of pre-Columbian societies. Not only did they serve as model for early pottery, but they were also used alongside their ceramic counterparts. For this research a wide range of sources is used, varying from literature research to museum collections of the National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden and the Stichting Surinaams Museum in Paramaribo which is supplemented with fieldwork in Donderskamp, Konomerume, a Kari’na village along the Wayombo River.
Description: This thesis is the result of an internship at the National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden and ethnoarchaeological fieldwork in Donderskamp/Konomerume, Suriname.
Supervisor: Samson, Dr. AV.M.
Faculty: Faculty of Archaeology
Department: Archaeology (Master)
Specialisation: Archaeology of the Caribbean and Amazonia
ECTS Credits: 20
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/18368
 

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