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Paper Title: COUNTERSTORIES OF RESILIENCE: ARCHAEOLOGY, KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTION, AND THE POLITICS OF COLLABORATION
Author: DIANA DYSTE ANZURES (University of California-Santa Barbara / United States Forest Service)   
Date/Time: Fri., 2:45 PM
Co-Author(s): DIANA DYSTE ANZURES (University of California-Santa Barbara / United States Forest Service) 
Abstract: Study of race and ethnic identity in archaeology has historically focused on recounting the inhumane acts committed against American Indian groups during the early period of colonization in the Americas. Much of the recent academic writing about this period has been focused on exploring the ethical implications that grew out of these atrocities. However, few studies exist that explore the implications of an archaeology that is both practiced by and for American Indian groups and other populations such as Mexican-Americans and African-Americans. As a result, it is not well understood how class, gender, and race contribute to the construction of social identities through the use of archaeology.

Working alongside the Salinan Tribe in central California, I employ Chicano/Chicana Critical Race Theory and Feminist methodologies to create a decolonial archaeology experience for participants of the doctoral research project. Through the use of counterstories, I present qualitative data gathered during oral interviews with Salinan Tribal Members and people of color that documents the ways that race and gender intersect with the practice of archaeology. These data demonstrate shared resilience and strategies of resistance that demonstrate a strong commitment to alter the methodologies of a discipline that has traditionally served to oppress and silence indigeneity. Results of this study will be used to design a collaborative dissertation project that harnesses the intelligence and contributions of various Salinan tribal groups, enjoining these groups to the tedious process of constructing past and present social identities in a what we so fondly call “archae-ology.”

Program Number: 3-0825
Session Title: NOT THE USUAL SUSPECTS: NEW DIRECTIONS IN COMMUNITY ARCHAEOLOGY
Session Sponsor: Archaeology Division
Session Date/Time: Fri., 1:45 PM-5:30 PM
Organizer(s): MORAG KERSEL (DePaul University), MEREDITH CHESSON (University of Notre Dame) 
Chair(s): MORAG KERSEL (DePaul University)  
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