Archaeology?! Yadilah! Collaborative Archaeology and Lessons from the Navajo Nation

Author(s): Ora Marek-Martinez

Year: 2015


For many Native American tribes, archaeology has been a tool used to dismantle and displace tribal narratives of the past. However, with the development of such approaches as Indigenous archaeology and community based participatory approaches, innovative collaborative projects have emerged, which have changed the way tribes view archaeology and how they engage with archaeological practice. My experiences working with Navajo communities have changed my approach and assumptions when engaging with tribal communities in archaeological projects. The successful partnerships and projects that I have undertaken while working for the Navajo Nation Archaeology Department have outweighed perceived failures. In the years that I have worked on the Navajo Nation, I have learned several tips that I would like to address in this paper that may assist other archaeologists in engaging with tribal communities.

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Archaeology?! Yadilah! Collaborative Archaeology and Lessons from the Navajo Nation. Ora Marek-Martinez. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395924)

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