Using Archaeological Training to Help Tribal Communities

Author(s): Dennis Lewarch

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "Archaeology as a Public Good: Why Studying Archaeology Creates Good Careers and Good Citizens" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

Indigenous communities often lack financial resources, technical skill sets, and expertise in regulatory processes to identify, document, protect, and enhance their cultural patrimony. Well-trained archaeologists are competent in a wide range of skills needed to collaborate and work with indigenous people, thereby allowing indigenous communities to express their own voices regarding their heritage. Archaeological training in areas such as critical thinking, historic research techniques, grant writing, field procedures, laboratory analysis techniques, data analysis, statistics, GIS, and technical writing is in demand in many tribal communities. Archaeologists can make important contributions to tribal culture, have rewarding careers, and give back tangible benefits to indigenous communities whose heritage has been exploited for decades by anthropologists and archaeologists.

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Using Archaeological Training to Help Tribal Communities. Dennis Lewarch. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 450386)

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Abstract Id(s): 22794