From Science to Service: Using Archaeology for Reclamation and Restorative Justice
7:00PM, Saturday, October 8, 2022, Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium (Klarman Hall)
Speaker: Dr. Kisha Supernant (Métis/Papaschase/British), Director, Institute of Prairie and Indigenous Archaeology and Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Alberta, Canada
Abstract: Archaeology in North America has long been associated with colonial, extractive practices, where the materials, landscapes, and bodies of Indigenous people were seen as specimens and objects of study for archaeological science. The long-standing and ongoing critique of archaeology by Indigenous and other systemically excluded voices has led to changes in archaeological sciences, but the harmful legacy of past research has not always been adequately addressed. In this talk, I explore how archaeologists are using archaeological science as service to reorient their work toward reclamation and restorative justice. Drawing on case studies from my own work with Indigenous communities in Canada, I explore how taking a heart-centered approach can transform archaeology from an extractive practice to a restorative one.
Dr. Supernant will be joining us virtually for this event.
This lecture is free and open to the public.