We asked Annual Meeting workshop organizers to give our blog readers a sneak peek at the events they have planned for AAA 2016. This post was submitted by Kurt Dongoske, Director of the Zuni Heritage and Historic Preservation Office/Principal Investigator for Zuni Cultural Resource Enterprise.
1. What makes your workshop a “must attend” event for the 2016 meeting?
The workshop will be of interest to cultural resource management practitioners (federal and state agencies and contracting firms); students of heritage preservation and archaeology; university faculty teaching cultural resource management, archaeology, and anthropology; and students of American Indian studies. The goal of the workshop is to foster a pedagogical experience and the collaborative designing of innovative compliance methods under Section 106 of the NHPA that are more commensurate with Native American sensibilities. Dr. Kurt Anschuetz and I designed the workshop and we will be facilitating the workshop’s implementation. Given that 2016 is the 50 year anniversary of the passing of the National Historic Preservation Act, we believe that this workshop is particularly timely and relevant.
2. What will be the number one takeaway from your workshop?
By the end of the workshop, participants will be inspired to design and conduct compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act that more meaningfully and equitably involves Native Americans. Workshop participants will gain a greater appreciation and understanding of Native American heritage concerns, including their personal and collective relationships to the landscape. Finally, participants will have learned to recognize patterns of systematic cultural bias embedded in the language of the National Historic Preservation Act and the ways in which that affects how archaeologists characteristically implement cultural resource management legislative mandates and regulatory protocols.
3. Who will most benefit from attending your workshop?
Cultural resource management practitioners (federal and state agencies and contracting firms); students of heritage preservation and archaeology; university faculty teaching ultural resource management, archaeology, and anthropology; and students of American Indian studies.
4. What other events at the Annual Meeting tie in to your workshop?
Other archaeology sessions that explore the material evidence of colonialism on indigenous peoples, sessions or workshops that explore and discuss the current demonstrations against the Dakota Access Pipeline and indigenous rights.
Theory and Praxis in Decolonizing the National Historic Preservation Act will be held on Wednesday, November 16 at the AAA Annual Meeting in Minneapolis.
Find out how to register for this workshop, and check out the additional workshops available at the 2016 AAA Annual Meeting here.