Preserving Tribal Resources on the Reservation

Author(s): Christopher Casserino; Jennifer Pietarila

Year: 2016


The Spokane Tribal Preservation Program’s work within Reservation boundaries focuses on locating and monitoring tribal resources along the Spokane River and upland areas by a tribal field crew. Artifacts recovered from field surveys and excavations are curated within a tribal collections facility. Utilizing a partnership between its staff and tribal members, the Program is able to identify these important resources and provide a rich layer of tribal history to these objects. Through collections access and digital-age crowd sourcing techniques, the Preservation team integrates the knowledge of tribal elders and other community members into the processing of artifact information and archaeological site provenience. The incorporation of multiple viewpoints takes into account that every person or family is connected to a person, place or object in a unique way. Through this unique partnership, life is given to tangible objects, cultural tradition, and traditional cultural places.

Cite this Record

Preserving Tribal Resources on the Reservation. Christopher Casserino, Jennifer Pietarila. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403241)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -122.168; min lat: 42.131 ; max long: -113.028; max lat: 49.383 ;