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Rethinking ColonialismComparative Archaeological Approaches$
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Craig N. Cipolla and Katherine Howlett Hayes

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813060705

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813060705.001.0001

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Indigeneity and Diaspora

Indigeneity and Diaspora

Colonialism and the Classification of Displacement

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Rethinking Colonialism

Katherine H. Hayes

University Press of Florida

The terms of indigeneity and diaspora are fixtures in scholarly discussion of colonialism, referring to different sets of relations between “homeland” and identity challenged by colonization. The two sets of concepts might also be thought of as maintaining incommensurate statuses for American Indians and African Americans, implying radically different historical experiences. The distinction unfortunately contributes to unhelpful disciplinary and racial distinctions. This chapter explores the potentials and problems in extending the concept of diaspora to understanding the experience of indigenous people, and vice versa, including the contemporary heritage and political consequences of these terms. Using case examples from a coastal New York plantation and fur-trade sites of central Minnesota, this study addresses the following questions: How do comparative cases broaden archaeologists’ conceptual framework for these classifications? What are the implications for archaeological practice and interpretations when confronted with communities that do not neatly fit these categories?

Keywords:   Indigeneity, diaspora, plantation, fur trade, contemporary heritage, American Indian, African American

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