June 29, 2017: Training the Next Generation: Indigenous Methods in Archaeological Practice with the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon, by Sarah Gonzalez (University of Washington)
For almost two decades Indigenous archaeologies have developed approaches to archaeology that recognize the rights of indigenous communities in relation to their cultural heritage. This has resulted in a multitude of collaborative field and collections-based projects that integrate indigenous values and perspectives into the study and representation of tribal heritage. Using the community-based Field Methods in Indigenous Archaeology (FMIA) training program as a case-study this lecture evaluates how collaborative practice with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde's Tribal Historic Preservation Office transforms the approach FMIA uses to document Grand Ronde heritage and to train the next generation of archaeologists and tribal heritage managers.
July 13, 2017: Recent Archaeological Research in Yellowstone National Park, by Dr. Beth Horton (Archaeologist, Yellowstone National Park, National Park Service)
With about half the world's active geysers in one of the largest, nearly intact temperate-zone ecosystems on Earth, Yellowstone National Park has a rich human history that spans more than 11,000 years. Over 1,800 archaeological sites help tell the stories of people and their connections to the park, as their home, hunting grounds, gathering places, transportation routes, and for recreation, from Paleo-Indian Clovis Culture through the 20th century. Dr. Horton will explore the many dimensions of archaeological research and discuss recent findings at the world's first national park, established in 1872. She will highlight some of the important ties between Yellowstone and the Pacific Northwest, giving special focus to links with Vancouver Barracks.
July 20, 2017: Fort Apache Pasts, Presents, Futures, by John R. Welch (Associate Professor, Department of Archaeology and School of Resources and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University)
The Fort Apache and Theodore Roosevelt School National Historic Landmark is both the physical site at the confluence of the East and North Forks of Arizona's White River and the symbolic nexus for complex and dynamic relations among Native Americans, soldiers, bureaucrats, and advocates for cultural perpetuation, economic development, and historic preservation. Owned by the White Mountain Apache Tribe and managed by the tribally-chartered nonprofit Fort Apache Heritage Foundation, Fort Apache is an apt setting for numerous experiments in site interpretation, social entrepreneurship, tribal sovereignty enhancement, and intercultural reconciliation.
July 27, 2017: Smudge Pits, Clay Pots, and Ball Courts: Understanding the Relationship Between People and Things, by James M. Skibo (Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Illinois State University)
The core of archaeology is the relationship between people and things. Archaeologists strive to discover how people lived in the past using things made, used, and modified by individuals. Dr. Skibo will describe these relationships using his award-winning approaches to the science of archaeology, by exploring clay cooking pots, ball courts from the American southwest, and fur-trade era smudge pits in Michigan. This presentation will reveal the theories and method behind archaeology in a thoughtful, engaging manner, exploring examples of relevance to the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere.