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The Metlakatla first nation and archaeology: an Indigenous Community's Views in the course of 50 years of archaeological and related research in the Prince Rupert Harbour Region

Author(s): Barbara Petzelt

Year: 2017

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This paper discusses the Metlakatla First Nation’s views and roles in the archaeological and related research that has occurred within their traditional territory over the past 50 years, the core of which is the Prince Rupert Harbour area. Unlike many other First Nations, Metlakatla has long embraced the opportunity to actively participate in the documentation of their ancient history, rather than merely being a subject of research. This view of archaeology has led to mutually beneficial relationships with researchers from academic archaeologists and CRM archaeologists to biological archaeologists and geneticists. All with the long view that the western world has difficulty accepting indigenous oral histories without corroborating evidence from the social sciences and science. More and more we are finding that these tools are confirming what the Metlakatla have known for millennia.


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The Metlakatla first nation and archaeology: an Indigenous Community's Views in the course of 50 years of archaeological and related research in the Prince Rupert Harbour Region. Barbara Petzelt. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430226)


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min long: -169.717; min lat: 42.553 ; max long: -122.607; max lat: 71.301 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 16348

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