The premise and promise of indigenous archaeology

Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh, Thomas J Ferguson, Dorothy Lippert, Randall H. McGuire, George P. Nicholas, Joe E. Watkins, Larry J. Zimmerman

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Abstract

Researchers have increasingly promoted an emerging paradigm of Indigenous archaeology, which includes an array of practices conducted by, for, and with Indigenous communities to challenge the discipline's intellectual breadth and political economy. McGhee (2008) argues that Indigenous archaeology is not viable because it depends upon the essentialist concept of "Aboriginalism. " In this reply, we correct McGhee's description of Indigenous Archaeology and demonstrate why Indigenous rights are not founded on essentialist imaginings. Rather, the legacies of colonialism, sociopolitical context of scientific inquiry, and insights of traditional knowledge provide a strong foundation for collaborative and communitybased archaeology projects that include Indigenous peoples.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)228-238
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Antiquity
Volume75
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2010

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colonial age
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Indigenous Communities
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Colonialism
Scientific Inquiry
Paradigm
Political Economy
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  • History
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  • Museology

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Colwell-Chanthaphonh, C., Ferguson, T. J., Lippert, D., McGuire, R. H., Nicholas, G. P., Watkins, J. E., & Zimmerman, L. J. (2010). The premise and promise of indigenous archaeology. American Antiquity, 75(2), 228-238.

The premise and promise of indigenous archaeology. / Colwell-Chanthaphonh, Chip; Ferguson, Thomas J; Lippert, Dorothy; McGuire, Randall H.; Nicholas, George P.; Watkins, Joe E.; Zimmerman, Larry J.

In: American Antiquity, Vol. 75, No. 2, 04.2010, p. 228-238.

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Colwell-Chanthaphonh, C, Ferguson, TJ, Lippert, D, McGuire, RH, Nicholas, GP, Watkins, JE & Zimmerman, LJ 2010, 'The premise and promise of indigenous archaeology', American Antiquity, vol. 75, no. 2, pp. 228-238.
Colwell-Chanthaphonh C, Ferguson TJ, Lippert D, McGuire RH, Nicholas GP, Watkins JE et al. The premise and promise of indigenous archaeology. American Antiquity. 2010 Apr;75(2):228-238.
Colwell-Chanthaphonh, Chip ; Ferguson, Thomas J ; Lippert, Dorothy ; McGuire, Randall H. ; Nicholas, George P. ; Watkins, Joe E. ; Zimmerman, Larry J. / The premise and promise of indigenous archaeology. In: American Antiquity. 2010 ; Vol. 75, No. 2. pp. 228-238.
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