Anthropology | Indigenous Archaeology
P600 | 14155 | Atalay


How do Indigenous people around the world do archaeology? How do they
protect their sacred sites and places and build and manage knowledge
about their pasts? Indigenous groups globally have been increasingly
vocal about their desire to maintain control over their own heritage;
and debates over who owns, speaks for, and writes the stories of the
past now play a prominent role in archaeology. This has led to:
reburial and repatriation legislation; increased collaboration with
descendent communities; further development of ethics guidelines; and
the rise of intellectual and cultural property research. These debates
set new directions for an archaeological practice that is politically
aware of, sensitive to, and harmonious with, the goals of Indigenous
peoples around the globe – forming a new area of archaeology called
‘Indigenous Archaeology’.

This course takes a global approach and utilizes book chapters,
journal articles, site reports, and documentary films to examine the
rise of Indigenous archaeology.  You will explore ways that
archaeologists and Indigenous peoples are working together to shape a
shared future. Core issues to be investigated include: What are some
Indigenous ways of interpreting, teaching about, and managing the
past?  What is the role of science in this process?  What is
decolonization and postcolonial theory – how do they relate to
archaeology?  What does all this mean for the future of archaeology
around the world?  How does this affect people outside the field of
archaeology – people such as Indiana farmers, ordinary citizens, or a
non-anthro major?

Format: in-class discussion of readings combined with illustrated
presentations.

Undergraduate evaluations based on two short-essay exams, two 5-page
papers and development of a K-12 teaching activity that you will
present to the class.  Prerequisite: P200, equivalent, or permission
of instructor.
Graduate evaluations based on 15-20 page research paper with
associated in-class presentation and development of a K-12 teaching
activity that you will present to the class.