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Indigenous Archaeology at the Trowel’s Edge: Exploring Methods of Collaboration and Education

October 13-16, 2005

Stephen W. Silliman, Chair
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Seminar Participants

  • Jeffrey Bendremer, Mohegan Tribe Historic Preservation Department
  • Russell Handsman, Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center
  • Jordan E. Kerber, Colgate University
  • Kent G. Lightfoot, University of California, Berkeley
  • Barbara J. Mills, University of Arizona
  • George Nicholas, Simon Fraser University
  • Jack Rossen, Ithaca College
  • Kathy Sebastian, Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation
  • Stephen W. Silliman, University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Elaine Thomas, Mohegan Tribe Historic Preservation Department
  • Davina Two Bears, Navajo Nation Archaeology Department
  • Michael Wilcox, Stanford University

Seminar Abstract

Inspired in part by the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (1990) and in part by archaeologists’ reconsiderations of ethical and professional accountability to descendent groups, a growing number of archaeologists in North America Have jointed colleagues around the world in participating in what has come to be termed “indigenous archaeology,” which involves the active collaboration of archaeologists and indigenous communities in the reconstruction and telling of native histories. At this seminar native and non-native scholars shared their experiences that will hopefully serve as a roadmap for future collaborative research.

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