Putting Theory into Practice
Edited by Emily C. Van Alst and Carlton Shield Chief Gover
Available for pre-order. This book will be available January, 2024
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Case studies and perspectives from Indigenous scholars who are helping to transform the discipline of archaeology
“Provides important insights, ideas, and practical examples from the next generation of Indigenous archaeologists. It’s exciting to see these conversations and methodological commitments coming forward to inform future decades of archaeological practice.”—Sonya Atalay, coeditor of Archaeologies of the Heart
“Offers a unique contribution with its roster of Indigenous scholars and showcases thoughtful approaches to making archaeology and museums more Indigenous and Indigenized. Definite required reading for archaeologists, museum professionals, cultural anthropologists, and Native American and Indigenous studies scholars, and should serve as both aspiration and inspiration for other Indigenous researchers.”—Stephen W. Silliman, editor of Collaborating at the Trowel’s Edge: Teaching and Learning in Indigenous Archaeology
“An important, wide-ranging sample of voices and case studies that show how North American Indigenous archaeologies continue to evolve. This scholarship reflects an Indigenized archaeology that is inherently adaptable and innovative. Critically, this volume helps set the stage for a more socially relevant and applied archaeology in the years to come.”—Edward A. Jolie, University of Arizona
“Creatively engages Indigenous ideas and concepts in the practice of archaeology and moves Indigenous archaeology in new and exciting directions.”—Kerry F. Thompson, Northern Arizona University
This book highlights early-career Indigenous scholars conducting research in North America who are advancing the growing paradigm of archaeological study done with, by, and for members of Native-descendant communities. Expanding on the foundational works of scholars from previous generations, this volume includes examples of Indigenous methodologies and illustrates different approaches for applying theory in various research scenarios.
The contributors weave together western scientific research methods and Indigenous knowledge, ontologies, and epistemologies, demonstrating how this combination can lead to fuller interpretations of the archaeological record. Case studies describe new, culturally specific ways of establishing working relationships with descendant communities and stakeholders. The volume argues that there are many ways a collaborative method can be implemented and that Indigenous people should be involved not just as consultants but as participants and stewards of their own cultural heritage. Indigenizing Archaeology demonstrates that this approach is more than a subfield; it is the path forward for the discipline.
Emily C. Van Alst (Mackinac Bands of Chippewa and Ottawa Indians) is assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at Washington State University. Carlton Shield Chief Gover (Skiri-Pawnee) is assistant professor of anthropology at Indiana University and curator of public archaeology at the Indiana University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
Contributors: Emily C. Van Alst | Carlton Shield Chief Gover | Ash Boydston-Schmidt | Honey Constant-Inglis | Patrick Cruz | Lydia Curliss | Zoë Antoinette Eddy | Nicholas C. Laluk | Kay Kakendasot Mattena | S. Margaret Spivey-Faulkner | Ashleigh BigWolf Thompson | Joe Watkins
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