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Materiality and Movement: Indigenous Concepts in Archaeological Analysis and Interpretation

Author(s): Kerry Thompson

Year: 2017

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As investigations of cultures’ material pasts, archaeology’s units of analysis are tactile. The concepts we employ need material referents in order to be accessible to archaeological analysis and interpretation. To bring together the scientific method of archaeology with Indigenous frameworks, material referents of Indigenous concepts necessarily require theorizing the dynamic relationship between culture, time, and place in concert with Indigenous perspectives. In scaffolding theoretical structures that are useful to archaeologically understanding Indigenous pasts and building a more inclusive archaeology, our interpretations must account for the movement inherent in many Indigenous worldviews and attempt to work without strict adherence to traditional ideas of static moments in linear time.

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Materiality and Movement: Indigenous Concepts in Archaeological Analysis and Interpretation. Kerry Thompson. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430247)



Geographic Keywords
North America - Southwest

Spatial Coverage

min long: -115.532; min lat: 30.676 ; max long: -102.349; max lat: 42.033 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 13241

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