Products of the First Kansans

Sunday, May 4, 2pm

Products of the First Kansans

Presented by: Donald Blakeslee – WSU Archaeologist

BlakesleeBy exploring prehistory Donald J. Blakeslee, will show how the nature and definition of work has changed over time and across cultures.  Although early Native Americans did not leave written records, we can gain some understanding of how they worked by examining the products of their labor and the artifacts they left behind.

“Viewing the past from our large and complex society, we have a hard time imagining how people lived their lives,” observed Blakeslee. “In small societies without many specialists, everyone needed huge amounts of ‘how to’ knowledge: how to build a house, how to make a fire, how to create and maintain all the tools they needed. What is more, they had to communicate all that knowledge to their children and grandchildren.”

Blakeslee is an expert on prehistoric and early historic Plains life and professor of anthropology at Wichita State University. He has done fieldwork throughout the Great Plains and is the author of four books and numerous articles in anthropology.

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