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

ISBN 9780367222826
Published July 20, 2021 by Routledge
578 Pages 57 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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