Accountability as Litmus: The Work of Partnership in Collaborative Archaeology

Author(s): Jun Sunseri; Isabel Trujillo

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "Social Justice in Native North American Archaeology" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

The Berkeley-Abiquiú Collaborative Archaeology (BACA) Project strives to serve local interests regarding heritage management and narrative control in a community often relegated to lesser authority by the ongoing processes of settler colonialism. Can the partnership be a legitimate part of a decolonizing toolkit as the community continues their struggle for self-determination? Or, does the inclusion of a non-local academic partner put community leaders at risk through their responsibility to the rest of the families for whom issues of sovereignty may or may not be served by the kinds of work we do? Concepts of permission and care must be up front aspects of these types of engaged scholarship.

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Accountability as Litmus: The Work of Partnership in Collaborative Archaeology. Jun Sunseri, Isabel Trujillo. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 451863)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -124.365; min lat: 25.958 ; max long: -93.428; max lat: 41.902 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 26270