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Indigenous & Archaeological Futures: Creating Equity through Community-Based Storytelling with Grand Ronde

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  • UserDr Sara Gonzalez, University of Washington
  • ClockThursday 29 April 2021, 16:00-17:30
  • HouseZoom.

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Abstract: In the language of self-determination, Indigenous archaeologies are expressions of the sovereignty of Tribal Nations to determine how their heritage will be cared for, now and into the future. Indigenous Nations, however, encounter several challenges in articulating sovereignty-based approaches to archaeology and historic preservation. These include a lack of funding and, most significant, the difficulty of operating within a legal framework for heritage protection that was not designed to include the specific needs or interests of Tribal Nations. How then can an Indigenous nation make archaeology work for and in accordance with tribal needs and values? Using the case study of Field Methods in Indigenous Archaeology (FMIA), I evaluate how community-based research with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon contributes to a uniquely Grand Ronde way for practicing archaeology. Preliminary outcomes from the project and its field school suggest that Indigenizing archaeology not only fosters more equitable relationships with and to Indigenous communities, but also transforms the relations of archaeology––from the field to the classroom––in ways that build our collective capacity to care for Indigenous heritage.

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