Passionate Work: Communities of Care and the DU Amache Project

Author(s): Bonnie J. Clark

Year: 2017


Working at Amache, the site of a WWII era Japanese American incarceration camp, involves several facets of an "archeology of care." First, over five field seasons the University of Denver Amache Project has revealed significant physical evidence of how these displaced people took care of themselves, their families, and their neighbors.  Both artifacts and landscape modification speak to many caretaking strategies.  Second, the project creates space for the care of stakeholders through opening up the practice of archaeology.  This happens through project structure, with High School internships volunteer programs, and an open house day for people with a personal or family tie to the camp.  Finally, the work at Amache is geared to caring for a publically accessible site in a way that is sensitive to many communities of concern.  By caring for the site and associated museum, we care for multiple heritages.

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Passionate Work: Communities of Care and the DU Amache Project. Bonnie J. Clark. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435158)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 720