Flipping the Desk: Increasing Tribal Participation in Archaeological Investigations

Author(s): Crystal Geiger; Jack Chalfant

Year: 2016


Tribal archaeology expands the interpretation of the archaeological record through the incorporation of tribal perspectives. The Seminole Tribe of Florida (STOF) Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO) partnered with the sixth grade students of STOF Pemayetv Emahakv (“Our Way”) Charter School in 2014 to excavate a little known, historic, Anglo-American home-site on the Seminole Brighton Reservation. The THPO worked with the students to document their observations and participate in the site’s excavation. Contrary to traditional archaeological projects, in which non-natives investigate and decipher native sites, this field school focused on Seminole interpretations of a non-Seminole site. This research, in tandem with oral histories gathered from tribal members, allowed for a more expansive view than previously recorded. This project utilizes the active engagement of tribal members and archaeologists in order to yield a more nuanced, complete view of the past.

Cite this Record

Flipping the Desk: Increasing Tribal Participation in Archaeological Investigations. Crystal Geiger, Jack Chalfant. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403240)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -91.274; min lat: 24.847 ; max long: -72.642; max lat: 36.386 ;