Decolonizing Landscapes: Documenting culturally important areas collaboratively with tribes

Author(s): Valerie J Grussing

Year: 2017


The Characterizing Tribal Cultural Landscapes project outlines a proactive approach to working with indigenous communities to identify tribally significant places, in advance of proposed undertakings. A collaborative effort among BOEM, NOAA, tribal facilitators, and the THPOs of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde in Oregon, Yurok Tribe in California, and Makah Tribe in Washington, we use a holistic cultural landscape approach to model methods and best practices for agencies and tribes to work together more effectively and appropriately. Case studies from each tribe demonstrate these transferable and transparent methods. The approach is adaptable by other tribes to record information on important places, and can help agencies and stakeholders engage with tribes prior to the proposal of activities that may impact tribal resources and areas. It can increase appreciation for past and present indigenous interests in the national landscape, and give its original stewards a stronger voice in shaping its future.

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Decolonizing Landscapes: Documenting culturally important areas collaboratively with tribes. Valerie J Grussing. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435536)

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

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PaperId(s): 689