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Decolonizing Archaeological Methodologies: The Making and Remaking of Research Practices with Tribal Communities

Author(s): Peter Nelson

Year: 2017

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Archaeological research has traditionally been a top down scientific process of knowledge production with little involvement from the descendant communities whose cultural resources and heritage are under investigation. With the incorporation of feminist, postprocessual, postcolonial, and Indigenous theories in archaeology, the discipline has become more accessible and accountable to publics and communities outside of the specialists who conduct archaeological research. In this presentation, I will outline the approach to Indigenous archaeology that I developed in collaboration with the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria for my dissertation research at Tolay Lake Regional Park. This approach involved establishing and adhering to core research values and working with tribal committees to ensure that the research is relevant and worthwhile to the tribe. I will show through this case how research that is co-produced with Indigenous communities can lead to richer understandings of the past and how the products of this research can positively impact the lives of many different peoples today.


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Decolonizing Archaeological Methodologies: The Making and Remaking of Research Practices with Tribal Communities. Peter Nelson. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429049)


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Abstract Id(s): 15869

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America