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Being and Becoming Indigenous Archaeologists
George Nicholas (Editor)
350 pp. / 6.00 x 9.00 / Apr, 2010
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  - Archaeology and Indigenous Peoples

Related Interest
  - Archaeology
  - Heritage Management and Heritage Studies
  - Native American and Indigenous Studies

What does being an archaeologist mean to Indigenous persons? How and why do some become archaeologists? What has led them down a path to what some in their communities have labeled a colonialist
"This volume from the World Archaeological Congress features personal essays on indigenous archaeology by 36 indigenous archaeologists from around the world, from the Pacific, Australia, and Africa to North, Central, and South America. The authors address ethnocentrism in archaeology, define indigenous archaeology, offer personal histories, describe cultural interactions, and explore identity and cultural conflicts. An important part of archaeology overlooked by many, the archaeologists' perspectives presented in this book should be made more available to a wide variety of readers. Summing Up: Highly recommended. "

- L. M. Foster, CHOICE

"What an extraordinary volume! A decade ago, when I asked whether we needed a "new and different" archaeology, Indigenous archaeology barely was on the discipline's radar. There were but a few practitioners, most of them not Indigenous people. A sizable Indigenous cadre of Indigenous archaeologists has emerged since then, and many of their remarkable stories are in this book. The pathways these scholars have taken to become archaeologists are varied and fascinating, their achievements are remarkable, and their work broadens archaeology's perspectives in much needed, truly positive ways. George Nicholas, who probably has trained more Indigenous archaeologists than anyone else, was the right person to assemble and edit the volume. He introduces the biographies with sensitivity and compassion, providing a solid introduction to Indigenous archaeology(ies) along the way, and even better, he lets the authors' voices come through."

- Larry Zimmerman, Professor of Anthropology and Museum Studies, Indiana University

venture? What were are the challenges they have faced, and the motivations that have allowed them to succeed? How have they managed to balance traditional values and worldview with Western modes of inquiry? And how are their contributions broadening the scope of archaeology? Indigenous archaeologists have the often awkward role of trying to serves as spokespeople both for their home community and for the scientific community of archaeologists. This volume tells the stories—in their own words-- of 37 Indigenous archaeologists from six continents, how they became archaeologists, and how their dual role affects their relationships with their community and their professional colleagues.

This title is sponsored by World Archaeological Congress.

The World Archaeological Congress is the only archaeological organisation with elected global representation. Membership is open to archaeologists, heritage managers and members of the public.WAC is committed to the scientific investigation of the past and the protection of cultural heritage worldwide. It supports the empirical investigation and appreciation of the political contexts within which research is conducted and interpreted, and promotes dialogue and debate among advocates of different views of the past. It is committed to diversity and to redressing global inequities in archaeology, through scholarly programs. WAC has a special interest in protecting the cultural heritage of Indigenous peoples, minorities and economically disadvantaged countries. It encourages the participation of Indigenous peoples, researchers from low-income countries and members of the public who are interested in cultural heritage.

WAC Promotes
* Scientific Research and publication on the material remains of the past.
* Public Education to provide communities with information to participate in archaeological work.
* Professional Education and Training for economically disadvantaged nations, groups and communities.
* Action Research addressing issues relevant to the empowerment and betterment of Indigenous groups, minorities and the poor.
* Conservation of cultural heritage that is threatened by looting, vandalism, urban growth, tourism, development or war.

Left Coast Press, Inc. publishes two book series for the Congress, WAC Research Handbooks in Archaeology and the One World Archaeology Series (formerly published by Routledge and UCL Press; Left Coast Press volumes begin with volume 48, 2006).

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