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This paper may be of particular interest to:  Practicing and Applied Anthropologists   
Type: Paper
Paper Title: ENVISIONING AN ARCHAEOLOGY OF INTERCHANGE & ENGAGEMENT BETWEEN AFRICANS, CHICKASAWS, & THEIR COLONIAL NEIGHBORS.
Author: TERRANCE WEIK (University of South Carolina)   
Date/Time: Wed., 9:00 PM
Co-Author(s): TERRANCE WEIK (University of South Carolina) 
Abstract: For centuries, African, European, and Native American descendents associated with ‘the Chickasaw’ engaged each other in various diasporic contexts, fostering the circulation of material culture, people, and ideas. By critically examining long-term relations between these groups, an anthropological archaeology is possible that interrogates top-down, colonial tropes and homogenizing identifications rooted in Eurocentric notions of slavery, race, property, and conflict. What forces moved people and possessions over space and time? What role did material culture play in the interactions between African, European, and Native American groups? What methods will help uncover evidence of warriors, migrants, traders, consumers, and kin? How can the near textual invisibility of African Chickasaw be overcome, allowing fuller glimpses into the lives of cultural intermediaries, interpreters, and captive laborers? In what ways can topics such as spirituality or healing be infused into narratives and analyses largely dominated by materialist and political economic concerns? How did places and objects affect peoples’ beliefs, choices, and experiences? How did servitude in ‘first nations’ such as the Chickasaw compare and contrast with chattel slavery practiced by their neighbors? Did slavery impede, encourage, or regulate the movement of humans and resources? Can ethnogenetic or creolizing theories continue to serve the needs of enquiry, or have they outlived their effective intellectual use-life? How can multiple lines of evidence be integrated to create productive conversations across disciplines? These fundamental questions must be answered to advance the discourse.

Program Number: 1-0760
Session Title: MATERIALITY OF THE SLIPSTREAM: DEEPENING HISTORICAL ANTHROPOLOGIES OF THE CIRCUM-CARIBBEAN AND GULF COAST
Session Sponsor: Archaeology Division
Session Date/Time: Wed., 8:00 PM-9:45 PM
Organizer(s): ROB MANN (Louisiana State University), MARK REES (University of Louisiana-Lafayette) 
Chair(s): MARK REES (University of Louisiana-Lafayette)  
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