Archaeologies of “Us” and “Them” explores the concept of indigeneity within the field of archaeology and heritage and in particular examines the shifts in power that occur when ‘we’ define ‘the other’ by categorizing ‘them’ as indigenous. Recognizing the complex and shifting distinctions between indigenous and non-indigenous pasts and presents, this volume gives a nuanced analysis of the underlying definitions, concepts and ethics associated with this field in order to explore Indigenous archaeology as a theoretical, ethical and political concept.
Indigenous archaeology is an increasingly important topic discussed worldwide, and as such critical analyses must be applied to debates which are often surrounded by political correctness and consensus views. Drawing on an international range of global case studies, this timely and sensitive collection significantly contributes to the development of archaeological critical theory.
Table of Contents
Charlotta Hillerdal, Anna Karlström and Carl-Gösta Ojala
Part I – Politics of Indigeneity
1. Collective Rights and the Construction of Heritage
2. Naming the Indigenous
3. Stakeholder in Practice: “Us”, “Them” and the Problem of Expertise
4. Extractive Industries, Corporate Discourse and Indigenous Heritage
Melissa F. Baird
5. Integrating the Past in the Present: Archaeology as Part of Living Yup’ik Heritage
6. Us and Whom? Representations of Indigenousness in the Archaeological Site of Avdat, Israel
7. The Archaeological Construction of Aboriginality: The Inuit Case
Part II – Spaces Between “Us” and “Them”
8. Envisioning a Different Notion of “Indigenous Archaeology” From the Perspective of Sub-Saharan Africa
Paul J. Lane
9. Who is Indigenous? Migration Theories and Notions of Indigeneity in Southern African Archaeology
10. Reading Indigeneity Without Race: Colour, Representation and Uncertainty in Photographic Evidence
11. How History Controls the Past: “Discovering” the Unconventional and Underground History of Setauket, New York’s Native and African American Community
Christopher N. Matthews
12. Bronze Drums and the Contestations of Indigenous Heritage in Laos
13. Indigeneity, Knowledge and Archaeology on Both Sides of the Mirror
Alejandro F. Haber
Part III – Indigeneity and Heritage
14. Culture, Rights, Indigeneity and Intervention: Addressing Inequality in Indigenous Heritage Protection and Control
George P. Nicholas
15. Archaeological Heritage and
Charlotta Hillerdal is Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK.
Anna Karlström is Lecturer and Researcher in Heritage Studies at the Department of Art History, Uppsala University, Sweden.
Carl-Gösta Ojala is a Researcher in Archaeology at the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Uppsala University, Sweden.
"In common with other postcolonial archaeology publications, this one emphasizes that "Indigenous" tends to be equated with timeless, tradition-bound, non-Western, endangered-in a word, a euphemism for "primitive". That colonized peoples are generally poor tends to be glossed over. A strength of this book is that many authors make this clear. Most of the chapters are well written, interesting, and deepen understanding of what "indigenous" may entail."
A. B. Kehoe, Marquette University