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Archaeology Brown Bag
September 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
“An Archaeology Led by Strawberries: Reclaiming, Storywork, & Indigenous Wellbeing”
Dr. Sonya Atalay
University of Massachusetts – Amherst
Friday, September 24, 2021
Zoom – Zoom Link Password = dVVyYnYrT3FoWFRNL21DZVhyQzZJZz09
In this talk I present my current work on a series of land-based archaeology and repatriation projects utilizing a community-based participatory research approach with Indigenous youth and elders. Centering Anishinaabe epistemologies and concepts of well- being, I explore how reclaiming traditional knowledge, ancestral remains, Indigenous language, and sacred sites can contribute to healing and well-being. I discuss my use of arts-based research and knowledge mobilization methods –including collaborative comics, storybaskets and counter mapping, and augmented reality applications — as part of Indigenous storywork, demonstrating how lessons drawn from reclaiming tangible and intangible heritage provide a model for imagining decolonial research futures.
Presented by: The Archaeology Brown Bag Series of the Department of Anthropology and the American Indian Studies program