Relational Native Ontology and Tewa Ethnogenesis in the Pueblo of Pojoaque

Author(s): Samuel Catanach; Mark R. Agostini

Year: 2017


This paper recognizes the collaborative potential between American Indian Studies and an emerging landscape archaeology in furthering interdisciplinary studies of the American Southwest. Here the authors call for the continued reinterpretation of ancestral and contemporary Tewa sites by employing Native ontological and decolonized historical approaches to archaeological and ethnographic contexts situated in the backdrop of a larger and active cultural landscape. Such methods offer nuanced insight into the functions and meanings relating to multiple interacting identity communities through time, population movements, and other types of migration. In particular, we discuss the effects of early Spanish colonialism and later American colonialism, mass migrations, indigenous language, and the potential relationship between archaeological inquiry and Pueblo people in what is now the modern day Pueblo of Pojoaque.

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Relational Native Ontology and Tewa Ethnogenesis in the Pueblo of Pojoaque. Samuel Catanach, Mark R. Agostini. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431240)


Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 14726