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: Partnership Archaeology and Indigenous Ancestral Engagement

ByLiam Brady, Joe Crouch

Archaeologists who engage in research with Indigenous communities are inherently confronted with a complex intersection between Western-oriented archaeological agendas and powerfully tangible aspects of Indigenous cultural heritage (e.g., ancestral remains). Over the last three decades, Indigenous communities have increasingly, and rightly, demanded control over research agendas intimately connected to their heritage. Consequently, the relationship between archaeologists and Indigenous communities has undergone a major episode of restructuring, with the challenge to create an ethically, politically, and socially acceptable working environment.