Sociocultural Anthropology’s Engagement with Archeology and Indigenous Frameworks

Author(s): Bruce Miller

Year: 2017


As archaeologists seek out new ways to engage with Indigenous frameworks, people and communities, sociocultural anthropology can engage and advance the conversation in several ways. Archaeologists and sociocultural anthropologists commonly work with the same communities, on the same issues, but on different time scales. Long term research with the Upper Skagit tribe of Washington State, undertaken collaboratively with archaeologists and community members, reveals sets of social tensions of considerable time depth. These include the relationship between stratification and egalitarianism; water and land; and centralization and isolation. These sets of irresolvable contradictions are seen in mythology, in ethnohistory, in the ground, and in contemporary social relations. These insights are only visible through the use of multiple methods which foreground indigenous frameworks.

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Sociocultural Anthropology’s Engagement with Archeology and Indigenous Frameworks. Bruce Miller. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430251)

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Abstract Id(s): 13185