Prehistoric children working and playing: A southwestern case study in learning ceramics

Authors
Citation
Ka. Kamp, Prehistoric children working and playing: A southwestern case study in learning ceramics, J ANTHR RES, 57(4), 2001, pp. 427-450
Citations number
52
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Sociology & Antropology
Journal title
JOURNAL OF ANTHROPOLOGICAL RESEARCH
ISSN journal
0091-7710 → ACNP
Volume
57
Issue
4
Year of publication
2001
Pages
427 - 450
Database
ISI
SICI code
0091-7710(200124)57:4<427:PCWAPA>2.0.ZU;2-4
Abstract
Fingerprint ridge breadth measurements and qualitative and quantitative att ributes of ceramic quadruped figurines, miniature pottery and full-sized ve ssels from the Sinagua region of northern Arizona provide information for a case study of ceramic learning. At a very young age, Sinagua children star ted to make animal figurines and probably miniature dishes for use as playt hings. In the process of working with clay, children learned about its prop erties and practiced some of the techniques used by the Sinagua for produci ng larger vessels. An intermediate stage in learning to become a competent ceramicist was to produce small-sized, but usable, ceramics. Possibly in pa rt due to this early exposure to clay, in play contexts, some Sinagua appea r to have been producing full-sized, usable vessels at a young age.