Culture, Community, and a Cruise Ship: Black Feminist Archaeology in a Caribbean Context
Author(s): Whitney Battle-Baptiste
How does African Diaspora archaeology factor into the realities of African descendant communities outside of the United States? How does African Diaspora archaeology engage with the challenges of tourist-based economies? Through the infusion of critical heritage studies and expanding the scope of our work to include post-emanicpation sites, the questions (and answers) we ask have to change. This paper will discuss the early stages of a community-based archaeological project on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas and highlight how archaeology has become the driving force in creating a model to address the desire for heritage tourism, documenting community memories, and exploring some form of sustainable economic development in the shadow of cruise tourism. Using community-based approaches and Black Feminist archaeology, this paper will also discuss the realities of how all of these factors come together for the benefit of researchers, stakeholders, and a broader understanding of slavery in the Americas.
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Culture, Community, and a Cruise Ship: Black Feminist Archaeology in a Caribbean Context. Whitney Battle-Baptiste. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436631)
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