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The Jeffrey Parsons 2022 Lecture: "Refusal of Colonialism in Nihookaa Dine'e' Bila'Ashdla'ii Archaeology: Creating Pathways to Indigenous Futures"

Dr. Ora Marek-Martinez Director, Native American Cultural Center, and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Northern Arizona University
Friday, March 18, 2022
12:00-1:00 PM
In this talk, Dr. Marek-Martinez will discuss her research and perspectives on decolonization and Indigenization of archaeological research. Over the past 20 years, she has worked within, by, and for her Dine' (Navajo) communities, however, this work is in service of all Indigenous peoples. Dr. Marek-Martinez will share her research, particularly in the area of the refusal of colonialism using Indigenous archaeological approaches in the creation of tribally specific archaeological approaches. The work that she has completed for her People resulted in a Nihooka Dine’e bila’ ashdla’ii archaeology, or an archaeology of the Five Finger Earth Surface People, a ceremonial name for the Navajo People. Dr. Marek-Martine will use her work with the Navajo Nation to discuss the ways that colonial based archaeology has impacted Navajo communities and the subsequent attempts at reclamation of deep history for the Navajo people. Finally, she will also give an overview of the colonial roots of archaeology that have created the space necessary for an Indigenized and decolonized archaeology.
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
Event Link:
Event Type: Livestream / Virtual
Tags: Anthropology, Archaeology, Native American
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Museum of Anthropological Archaeology, Department of Anthropology