Anna Antoniou, a doctoral candidate in anthropology at U-M, has received a 2018 award from the Rackham Program in Public Scholarship for her work in Willapa Bay, Washington. The title of Antoniou’s proposal was “Living off the Bay, Past and Present: Community Oriented Cultural Heritage and Natural Resource Stewardship in Willapa Bay, Washington.”
During the project, Antoniou will work closely with the Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe (SBIT) to create new displays and educational material for the tribe’s museum as well as a Native foodways curriculum for a course on nutrition. The local community will also be involved in interpreting information gathered during archaeological work. Her goal is to use archaeology “in ways that are relevant to those whose heritage is being excavated, documented, and interpreted.”
Five other graduate students received an award from the Rackham Program in Public Scholarship this year, for projects that demonstrated public engagement and addressed complex social issues. See more here.