Working with and for Ancestors
Collaboration in the Care and Study of Ancestral Remains
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Working with and for Ancestors examines collaborative partnerships that have developed around the study and care of Indigenous ancestral human remains.
In the interest of reconciliation, museums and research institutions around the world have begun to actively seek input and direction from Indigenous descendants in establishing collections care and research policies. However, true collaboration is difficult, time-consuming, and sometimes awkward. By presenting examples of projects involving ancestral remains that are successfully engaged in collaboration, the book provides encouragement for scientists and descendant communities alike to have open and respectful discussions around the research and care of ancestral human remains. Key themes for discussion include new approaches to the care for ancestors, the development of culturally sensitive museum policies, the emergence of mutually beneficial research partnerships, and emerging issues such as intellectual property issues, digital data, and alternatives to destructive analyses. Critical discussions by leading scholars also identify the remaining challenges in the repatriation process and offer a means to continue moving forward.
This volume will appeal to a broad, interdisciplinary audience interested in collaborative research and management strategies that are aimed at developing mutually beneficial relationships between researchers and descendant communities. This includes students and researchers in archaeology, anthropology, museums studies and, Indigenous communities.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Working Together to do Better
Chelsea H. Meloche, Laure Spake, Katherine L. Nichols
Part I: Building Relationships: Proceed with Respect and Patience
1. Bearing Witness: What Can Archaeology Contribute in an Indian Residential School Context?
Eric Simons, Andrew Martindale, Alison Wylie
2. Pathway to Decolonizing Collections of Ainu Ancestral Remains: Recent Developments in Repatriation within Japan
3. The Brandon Indian Residential School Project: Working Towards Reconciliation using Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology
Katherine L. Nichols
4. Washington’s Non-Forensic Human Skeletal Remains Law and the State Physical Anthropologist: A Collaborative Process and Model for Other States?
Guy L. Tasa, Juliette Vogel, Lance K. Wollwage
5. Bii-azhe Ḡiiwé iná daanig (Let’s bring them home): Lessons in Humility, Relationships, and Changing Perspectives
Kayleigh Speirs, Tasha Hodgson
Part II. Caring for the Ancestors: Developments in Museum Collaborations
6. Why We Repatriate: On the Long Arc Towards Justice at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Chip Colwell, Stephen E. Nash
7. The Importance of Kaitiakitanga (Guardianship and Care) and Rangahau (Research) for the Karanga Aotearoa Repatriation Programme
Amber Aranui, Te Arikirangi Mamaku
8. Towards a 21st-Century Model for the Collaborative Care and Curation of Human Remains
Emily Hayflick, Helen A. Robbins
9. The Southern African Human Remains Management Project: Making (P)reparations in Year One
Wendy Black, Keely McCavitt
10. Caring for the Ancestors at the Royal BC Museum
Lucy Bell Sdaahl K’awaas, Genevieve Hill
Part III. Learning from the Ancestors: Collaborative Research Projects
11. The Journey Home: Stó:lō Values and Collaboration in Repatriation
David M. Schaepe, Susan Rowley
12. The Joy of the Souls: The Return of the Huron-Wendat Ancestors
Crystal L. Forrest, Ronald F. Williamson, Susan Pfeiffer, Louis Lesage
13. Building Relationships to Shift Accountability: Doing Paleogenomic Research with Indigenous Nations and Ancestors
Alyssa C. Bader, Aimée E. Carbaugh, Jessica Bardill, Ripan S. Malhi, Barbara Petzelt, Joycelynn Mitchell
14. Learning from Ancestors Caring for Ancestors: The Antiquity of Reburial on Bkejwanong
Dean Jacobs, David White, Neal Ferris, Michael W. Spence
15. New Insights from Old Dog Bones: Dogs as Proxies for Understanding Ancient Human Diets
Bonnie Glencross, Louis Lesage, Tracy Prowse, Taylor Smith, Gary Warrick
Part IV. Developing Conversations: Doing Better Together
16. The Digital Lives of Ancestors: Ethical and Intellectual Property Considerations Surrounding the 3-D Recording of Human Remains
Laure Spake, George Nicholas, Hugo F.V. Cardoso
17. What Next? Changing Ethical Protocols for Human Remains in Museums
Lia Tarle, George Nicholas, Hugo F.V. Cardoso
18. Provenancing Australian Aboriginal Ancestors: The Importance of Incorporating Traditional Knowledge
19. Ancient Human DNA: Surveying the Evolving Ethical, Social, and Political Landscape
Alexa R. Walker
Part V Moving Forward: There’s Still Work To Do
20. Identity in Applied Repatriation Research and Practice
Cressida Fforde, C. Timothy McKeown, Honor Keeler, Lyndon Ormond-Parker, Paul Tapsell, Paul Turnbull, Steve Hemming, Daryle Rigney, Michael Pickering, Amber Aranui, Wes Morris, Gareth Knapman
21. Decolonizing Bioarchaeology? Moving Beyond Collaborative Practice
Conclusion. The Ancestors Should Go Home: Bioanthropology, Collaboration, and Repatriation in the 21st Century
Ann M. Kakaliouras
Chelsea H. Meloche is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Archaeology, Simon Fraser University, where she is investigating the question of what happens after repatriation. Her research interests also include critical cultural heritage studies and collaborative and decolonizing research strategies in archaeology and biological anthropology.
Laure Spake is a biological anthropologist researching child growth and development, demography, and human variation in past and present populations. She has also written on ethical issues relating to collections and technology in biological anthropology.
Katherine L. Nichols is a Ph.D. student working between the Departments of Indigenous Studies and Archaeology at Simon Fraser University, and is affiliated with the Centre for Forensic Research. Her research focuses on applying forensic search and recovery methods to Indian residential schools in Canada.