Inheriting the Past: The Making of Arthur C. Parker and Indigenous Archaeology

Inheriting the Past The Making of Arthur C Parker and Indigenous Archaeology In recent years archaeologists and Native American communities have struggled to find common ground even though than a century ago a man of Seneca descent raised on New York s Cattaraugus Reservation

  • Title: Inheriting the Past: The Making of Arthur C. Parker and Indigenous Archaeology
  • Author: Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh
  • ISBN: 9780816526567
  • Page: 445
  • Format: Paperback
  • In recent years, archaeologists and Native American communities have struggled to find common ground even though than a century ago a man of Seneca descent raised on New York s Cattaraugus Reservation, Arthur C Parker, joined the ranks of professional archaeology Until now, Parker s life and legacy as the first Native American archaeologist have been neither closelyIn recent years, archaeologists and Native American communities have struggled to find common ground even though than a century ago a man of Seneca descent raised on New York s Cattaraugus Reservation, Arthur C Parker, joined the ranks of professional archaeology Until now, Parker s life and legacy as the first Native American archaeologist have been neither closely studied nor widely recognized At a time when heated debates about the control of Native American heritage have come to dominate archaeology, Parker s experiences form a singular lens to view the field s tangled history and current predicaments with Indigenous peoples In Inheriting the Past, Chip Colwell Chanthaphonh examines Parker s winding career path and asks why it has taken generations for Native peoples to follow in his footsteps Closely tracing Parker s life through extensive archival research, Colwell Chanthaphonh explores how Parker crafted a professional identity and negotiated dilemmas arising from questions of privilege, ownership, authorship, and public participation How Parker, as well as the discipline broadly, chose to address the conflict between Native American rights and the pursuit of scientific discovery ultimately helped form archaeology s moral community Parker s rise in archaeology just as the field was taking shape demonstrates that Native Americans could have found a place in the scholarly pursuit of the past years ago and altered its trajectory Instead, it has taken than a century to articulate the promise of an Indigenous archaeology an archaeological practice carried out by, for, and with Native peoples As the current generation of researchers explores new possibilities of inclusiveness, Parker s struggles and successes serve as a singular reference point to reflect on archaeology s history and its future.

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    1. Somewhat more successful as a look at the historical currents at the time of archaeology's professionalization than a biography of an individual, this book gives a glimpse into the life of a complicated figure of early archaeology.

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