History, Indigenous Archaeology and Pyroepistomology: Reclaiming and Reviving Deep Indigenous
Paulette Steeves, PhD
Associate Professor Sociology- Anthropology cross-appointed to Geography, Geology, and Land Stewardship.
Department Chair Geography, Geology, and Land Stewardship.
Indigenous archaeologies privilege Indigenous voices, weaving Indigenous knowledge, and histories through Western centered Indigenous histories to reclaim and revive Indigenous histories and humanities erased and denied by Western archaeology. This is not an archaeology of resistance; it is an archaeology of reclaiming, revivance and healing. Archaeologists often identify the Indigenous people of Turtle Island as Asians from Asia, a culture and country that did not exist in the deep past. Yet, in many Indigenous genesis histories, Indigenous people say they have been here since time immemorial. The traditional western archaeological story argues that Indigenous people have been in the Western Hemisphere for 12- 15 kya. Disconnecting Indigenous people from their ancient homelands and identities is violent, destructive, and ongoing. In listening to oral histories and weaving them through archaeological evidence, I argue that Indigenous people have been in the Western Hemisphere for over 130 kya. Reclaiming and rewriting deep Indigenous history and relinking Indigenous people to their ancient homelands is a path to healing for Indigenous people. Understanding Indigenous people’s links to homelands in the deep past leads to decolonizing minds and hearts and informs and addresses racism and discrimination in contemporary populations.
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