Reading Response 1: Haltman

For my analysis on Haltman, I decided to compare it with the article “What Is a Machete, anyway?” by John Cline. Essays in Material Culture by Jules David Prown and Kenneth Haltman explains to us what historians in Material Culture seek to understand. In Haltman’s “Essay in Material Culture,” it was stated that no two individuals would read a given object the same way (2). And if we compare it to What is a Machete idea Anyway? Where it stated, “The machete bears an unusual character it’s possible to conceive of it as a weapon, yes, but it’s also very much a tool — not altogether different from, say, a shovel” (Cline 1). It can be understood that the machete can be defined as either a weapon or a tool which is why there is a huge debate as to whether or not it is a tool or a weapon. We all don’t think the same especially on how we perceive items. The article “What Is a Machete, Anyway” it questions how we describes tools, which they can be thought of as a weapon. In Haltman’s ideas, this can be considered material culture because the first people who used them were farmers and farmers as well as it is the machete has deep meaning to it, and it has affected people from different cultures as well. Haltman was able to understand that in the use of material culture we tend to give them clear meanings, description but also base it on their functions such as the machete because it can be used in a violent manner we describe it as a weapon. But if we just look at it usually it just seems like a simple sword that farmers used to back in the day.