1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of the Archaeology of Indigenous-Colonial Interaction in the Americas

Edited By Lee M. Panich, Sara L. Gonzalez Copyright 2021
    578 Pages 57 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    578 Pages 57 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of the Archaeology of Indigenous-Colonial Interaction in the Americas brings together scholars from across the hemisphere to examine how archaeology can highlight the myriad ways that Indigenous people have negotiated colonial systems from the fifteenth century through to today.

    The contributions offer a comprehensive look at where the archaeology of colonialism has been and where it is heading. Geographically diverse case studies highlight longstanding theoretical and methodological issues as well as emerging topics in the field. The organization of chapters by key issues and topics, rather than by geography, fosters exploration of the commonalities and contrasts between historical contingencies and scholarly interpretations. Throughout the volume, Indigenous and non-Indigenous contributors grapple with the continued colonial nature of archaeology and highlight Native perspectives on the potential of using archaeology to remember and tell colonial histories.

    This volume is the ideal starting point for students interested in how archaeology can illuminate Indigenous agency in colonial settings. Professionals, including academic and cultural resource management archaeologists, will find it a convenient reference for a range of topics related to the archaeology of colonialism in the Americas.

    Part I: Methodological and Theoretical Foundations

    1. Situating Archaeological Approaches to Indigenous-Colonial Interaction in the Americas: An Introduction

    Sara L. Gonzalez and Lee M. Panich 

    2. Deep Histories and the Archaeology of Colonialism

    Martin Gallivan 

    3. A Double Coloniality: The Modern/Colonial Underpinnings of Mission Archaeology in South America

    Cristóbal Gnecco and Adriana Schmidt Dias 

    4. Colonialism and Indigenous Population Decline in the Americas

    Matthew Liebmann 

    5. Climate and Colonialism in the Americas: Comparing Exemplary Cases

    Dennis B. Blanton 

    6. Colonialism and Historical Ecology: Livestock Management as a Case Study in the American Southwest

    Nicole M. Mathwich 

    7. Interpreting Documentary and Archaeological Evidence: Intercultural Interactions in Santafé de Bogotá (Colombia)

    Monika Therrien 

    8. Theorizing Indigenous-Colonial Interactions in the Americas

    Craig N. Cipolla 

    Part II: Core Issues and Topics 

    9. Pathways to Persistence: Divergent Native Engagements with Sustained Colonial Permutations in North America

    Kent G. Lightfoot, Peter A. Nelson, Michael A. Grone, and Alec Apodaca

    10. African-Indigenous Interactions in Colonial America: From Divisions to Dialogue

    Terrance Weik 

    11. Indigenous Negotiations of Missionization and Religious Conversion

    Charles R. Cobb 

    12. Labor and Natural Resource Extraction in Spanish Colonial Contexts

    Mary Van Buren 

    13. Objects of Change? Revisiting Native Material Culture and Technological Traditions in the Post-1492 Americas

    Lee M. Panich 

    14. The Archaeology of Conquest and Accommodation: A View from the Valley of Mexico

    Patricia Fournier García 

    Part III: Archaeological Explorations of Native-Lived Colonialisms 

    15. Social Networks and Colonial Adaptation in the Caribbean

    Jorge Ulloa Hung, Roberto Valcárcel Rojas, Andrzej Antczak, Marlieke Ernst, Menno L.P. Hoogland, and Corinne L. Hofman 

    16. Indigenous Persistence in the Face of Imperialism: Andean Case Studies

    Di Hu and Kylie Quave 

    17. Reconceptualizing the Wichita Middle Ground in the Southern Plains

    Sara Trabert and Brandi Bethke 

    18. Indios Bárbaros: Nomad-Spanish Interactions on the Northern Frontier of New Spain

    Lindsay M. Montgomery 

    19. Indigenous Agency and Limits to the Colonial Order in South America

    Silvana Buscaglia 

    20. Landscapes of Strategic Mobility in Central America: San Pedro Siris During the Caste War

    Minette C. Church, Christine A. Kray, and Jason Yaeger 

    21. The Adorned Body in French Colonial Louisiana: Exploring Cosmopolitan Materialities of Bodily Objects

    Diana DiPaolo Loren 

    22. "Politics of Regard" and the Meaning of Things: The Persistence of Ceramic and Agroforestry Practices by Women in São Paulo

    Marianne Sallum and Francisco Silva Noelli 

    23. From Hybridity to Relationality: Shifting Perspectives on the Archaeology of Métis Emergence

    Kisha Supernant 

    24. Battling the Alamo: Toward Preservation and Protection of Coahuiltecan Legacies and Camposantos

    Alston V. Thoms, Ramon Juan Vasquez, and Art Martinez de Vara

    25. Lived Heritage of Colonialism at Tahcabo, Yucatán, México

    Patricia A. McAnany, Maia Dedrick, and Adolfo Iván Batún Alpuche

    26. Monumentalizing Nipmuc Heritage and Emplacing Indigenous Presence

    Heather Law Pezzarossi, Stephen A. Mrozowski, and D. Rae Gould 

    Part IV: Decolonial Futures 

    27. In Small Islands Forgotten: Lessons from Chamorro Lands

    Sandra Montón-Subías

    28. Unsettling the Archaeology of Reservations: A View from Grand Ronde, Oregon

    Ian Kretzler and Sara L. Gonzalez

    29. Survivance Storytelling in Archaeology

    Nathan P. Acebo 

    30. The Hoofed Clan Story and Storywork: Red Lake Ojibwe Foodways and Indigenous Food Sovereignty

    Ashleigh BigWolf Thompson and Tristan Reader 

    31. Indigenous Archaeological Approaches and the Refusal of Colonialism in Archaeology

    Ora V. Marek-Martinez 

    32. The Limits of Repatriation’s Decolonizing Abilities

    Dorothy Lippert

    33. Changing Museum Narratives: A Conversation with Culture Curators at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

    Sven Haakanson, Holly Barker, and Sara L. Gonzalez


    Lee M. Panich is an associate professor of anthropology at Santa Clara University. In his research, he employs a combination of archaeological, ethnographic, and archival data to examine the long-term entanglements between California’s Indigenous societies and colonial institutions, particularly the Spanish mission system.

    Sara L. Gonzalez is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Washington and Curator of Archaeology the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. An anthropological archaeologist by training, she works at the intersection of Indigenous studies, tribal historic preservation, and public history.

    "This collection of essays represents some of the most innovative, provocative, and insightful approaches to colonial studies in the past decade. Merging novel theoretical approaches from Indigenous archaeology, post-colonial and critical settler colonial studies, the authors represent much of what makes colonial archaeology the most innovative and exciting field in contemporary archaeology." Michael Wilcox, Stanford University, USA