Informed by the voices of Indigenous authors, this book documents the development of a new form of archaeology, one that is shaped by the values and independence of Indigenous peoples.
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Indigenous Archaeologies

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Informed by the voices of Indigenous authors, this book documents the development of a new form of archaeology, one that is shaped by the values and independence of Indigenous peoples.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780203009895
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/10/2005
  • Series: One World Archaeology Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Claire Smith is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology in Flinders University. Since 1990, she has conducted filedwork with Indigenous people in Australia, Asia and North America.
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Table of Contents

Pt. I Theoretical foundations
Poem : Archaeology camp 3
1 Decolonizing archaeological theory and practice 5
2 Power to the (indigenous) past and present or : the theory and method behind archaeological theory and method 17
3 Indigenous worldviews and ways of knowing as theoretical and methodological foundations for archaeological research 33
Poem : Late for work 42
4 Developing an Aboriginal archaeology : receiving gifts from White Buffalo Calf Woman 43
5 Earthshapers and placemakers : Algonkian Indian stories and the landscape 56
6 The persistence of memory; the politics of desire : archaeological impacts on Aboriginal peoples and their response 81
Pt. II Reclaiming the past
Poem : Keepers of the indigenous past 107
7 'You write it down and bring it back . . . that's what we want' - revisiting the 1948 removal of human remains from Kunbarlanja (Oenpelli), Australia 110
Poem : The saga of the ancient one 131
8 Letters from the field : reflections on the nineteenth-century archaeology of Harlan I. Smith in the southern interior of British Columbia, Canada 134
Poem : The ancient one 170
9 Reclaiming the ancient one : addressing the conflicts between American Indians and archaeologists over protection of cultural places 171
Statement : bringing back the spirit; bringing back the truth 185
Poem : Keeper of the bones 187
10 The politics of American archaeology : cultural resources, cultural affiliation and Kennewick 189
Pt. III Indigenous voice and identity
Poem : No blacks 207
11 Silencing and sharing southern African indigenous and embedded knowledge 208
12 Aboriginal ecoturism and archaeology in coastal NSW, Australia Yarrawarra place stories project 226
Poem : Appropriating self 242
13 Kungun Ngarrindjeri Yunnan : archaeology, colonialism and re-claiming the future 243
14 Coming back to country : a conversation at Firewood Creek 262
Poem : Nobody's ever walked here before 280
15 Not just black and white : African Americans reclaiming the indigenous past 281
Pt. IV The ethics of archaeological practice
16 First, be humble : working with indigenous people and other descendant communities 301
Poem : Lajamanu morning 315
17 We just have to show you : research ethics blekbalawei 316
18 Living and learning on Aboriginal lands : decolonizing archaeology in practice 328
Poem : After rain 352
19 Looking forward - looking back : shaping a shared future 354
Poem : Black glass 368
20 Towards an indigenous research charter 369
21 The next step : an archaeology for social justice 392
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