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Historical Archaeology and Indigenous CollaborationDiscovering Histories That Have Futures$
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D. Rae Gould, Holly Herbster, Heather Law Pezzarossi, and Stephen A. Mrozowski

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813066219

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813066219.001.0001

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Histories That Have Futures

(p.1) 1 Introduction
Historical Archaeology and Indigenous Collaboration

D. Rae Gould

Stephen A. Mrozowski

University Press of Florida

Chapter 1 discusses the key concepts explored in this book: collaborative archaeology, Indigenous knowledge, and the clear connections between exploring the past and contemporary, living peoples. The chapter examines Nipmuc sites in the Hassanamesit Woods of Massachusetts. The lines of inquiry discussed include documentary research, ethnohistory, oral history and oral tradition, cultural landscapes, and cross-cultural epistemologies. The important connections between academic research and modern political processes for tribes (such as the federal acknowledgement process) are also discussed, as well as the outdated practice in archaeology of creating an artificial divide between “pre-history” and “history.” The decolonizing of archaeology is central to the approach used throughout this book and through the relationships that have developed between the authors over the past few decades.

Keywords:   Nipmuc, Cultural landscapes, Collaborative archaeology, History, Indigenous knowledge, Federal acknowledgement, Hassanamesit Woods, Massachusetts, Ethnohistory, Cross-cultural epistemologies

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