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By George Nicholas

What does being an archaeologist suggest to Indigenous individuals? How and why do a little develop into archaeologists? What has led them down a route to what a few of their groups have classified a colonialist enterprise? What have been are the demanding situations they've got confronted, and the motivations that experience allowed them to be triumphant? How have they controlled to stability conventional values and worldview with Western modes of inquiry? and the way are their contributions broadening the scope of archaeology? Indigenous archaeologists have the customarily awkward position of attempting to serves as spokespeople either for his or her domestic group and for the medical group of archaeologists. This quantity tells the stories—in their very own words-- of 37 indigenous archaeologists from six continents, how they turned archaeologists, and the way their twin position impacts their relationships with their neighborhood and their expert colleagues. subsidized via the realm Archaeological Congress

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My health also became, and is still, a source of concern. I started having health problems in 1999, just before I left Norway to join my wife and child in the United States. While I was preparing for my comprehensive exams in 2003 at Simon Fraser University, my right hand swelled with what was subsequently diagnosed as cellulitis. In spite of the swelling and excruciating pain, I wrote my comprehensive exams at the Students with Disabilities Centre, aided by high doses of painkillers. Poor health also prevented me from traveling to Ethiopia in April 2003 to start my data collection, so I spent the time conducting a literature review on the salt trade.

This is a shared truth that applies not only to Indigenous archaeologists, but to all people, whatever their profession. S 45 46 B EING AND B ECOMING I NDIGENOUS A RCHAEOLOGISTS My path to archaeology has not been an easy one. It was filled with difficult, challenging, and painful events. Reflecting upon those events now, I view them as turning points in which I learned and grew tremendously, as a scholar, an activist, and a human being. Each of the sections below begins with a quote that typifies a learning experience or important period along my path to becoming an archaeologist.

Now, in teaching archaeology, I consistently stress that regardless of where we conduct research, it is a privilege to study someone’s past, not our arrogantly assumed right or something we are able to do by exploiting political or economic power imbalances. This is a critical example of the ways in which Indigenous archaeology has applicability C HAPTER F OUR S ONYA L. ATALAY 51 to inform all of archaeological practice globally, not only those working on an Indigenous land base or with Indigenous communities.

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