Beyond the Holes of Archaeology: Paying Attention to Indigenous Academics, Artists, and Activists
Author(s): Stephen Silliman
Archaeology continues to need the infusion of indigenous perspectives, not only to take responsibility for the discipline’s past in colonial contexts, but also to advance its ability to understand human histories – especially indigenous ones – in respectful, innovative, and inclusive ways. This need is particularly strong for those archaeologists who study Native American cultural and community life just before, right into, and well after the onset of European colonialism and for those who are paying attention to the broader context in which archaeology operates (or doesn’t) today as a direct result of those colonial issues. To do so, we often have to get out of our archaeological "holes" to engage with other scholarship and artistic interventions. This paper highlights some Indigenous academics, artists, and activists whose works have influenced me – showing me broadened ways to think about the past, better ways to use archaeology, and deeper contextualizations of the issues well beyond our disciplinary confines.
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Beyond the Holes of Archaeology: Paying Attention to Indigenous Academics, Artists, and Activists. Stephen Silliman. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 445201)
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