The Routledge Handbook of the Archaeology of Indigenous-Colonial Interaction in the Americas brings together scholars from across the hemisphere to examine how archaeology can highlight the myriad ways that Indigenous people have negotiated colonial systems from the fifteenth century through to today.

The contributions offer a comprehensive look at where the archaeology of colonialism has been and where it is heading. Geographically diverse case studies highlight longstanding theoretical and methodological issues as well as emerging topics in the field. The organization of chapters by key issues and topics, rather than by geography, fosters exploration of the commonalities and contrasts between historical contingencies and scholarly interpretations. Throughout the volume, Indigenous and non-Indigenous contributors grapple with the continued colonial nature of archaeology and highlight Native perspectives on the potential of using archaeology to remember and tell colonial histories.

This volume is the ideal starting point for students interested in how archaeology can illuminate Indigenous agency in colonial settings. Professionals, including academic and cultural resource management archaeologists, will find it a convenient reference for a range of topics related to the archaeology of colonialism in the Americas.

part I|125 pages

Methodological and theoretical foundations

chapter 1|11 pages

Situating Archaeological Approaches to Indigenous-Colonial Interaction in the Americas

An introduction
BySara L. Gonzalez, Lee M. Panich

chapter 2|16 pages

Deep Histories and the Archaeology of Colonialism

ByMartin Gallivan

chapter 3|14 pages

A Double Coloniality

The modern/colonial underpinnings of mission archaeology in South America
ByCristóbal Gnecco, Adriana Schmidt Dias

chapter 4|20 pages

Colonialism and Indigenous Population Decline in the Americas

ByMatthew Liebmann

chapter 5|15 pages

Climate and Colonialism in the Americas

Comparing exemplary cases
ByDennis B. Blanton

chapter 6|15 pages

Colonialism and Historical Ecology

Livestock management as a case study in the American Southwest
ByNicole M. Mathwich

chapter 7|15 pages

Interpreting Documentary and Archaeological Evidence

Intercultural interactions in Santafé de Bogotá (Colombia)
ByMonika Therrien

chapter 8|17 pages

Theorizing Indigenous-Colonial Interactions in the Americas

ByCraig N. Cipolla

part II|98 pages

Core issues and topics

chapter 9|17 pages

Pathways to Persistence

Divergent Native engagements with sustained colonial permutations in North America
ByKent G. Lightfoot, Peter A. Nelson, Michael A. Grone, Alec Apodaca

chapter 10|17 pages

African-Indigenous Interactions in Colonial America

From divisions to dialogue
ByTerrance Weik

chapter 11|17 pages

Indigenous Negotiations of Missionization and Religious Conversion

ByCharles R. Cobb

chapter 12|15 pages

Labor and Natural Resource Extraction in Spanish Colonial Contexts

ByMary Van Buren

chapter 14|15 pages

The Archaeology of Conquest and Accommodation

A view from the Valley of Mexico
ByPatricia Fournier García

part III|203 pages

Archaeological explorations of Native-lived colonialisms

chapter 15|19 pages

Social Networks and Colonial Adaptation in the Caribbean

ByJorge Ulloa Hung, Roberto Valcárcel Rojas, Andrzej T. Antczak, Marlieke Ernst, Menno L.P. Hoogland, Corinne L. Hofman

chapter 16|15 pages

Indigenous Persistence in the Face of Imperialism

Andean case studies
ByDi Hu, Kylie Quave

chapter 17|15 pages

Reconceptualizing the Wichita Middle Ground in the Southern Plains

BySarah Trabert, Brandi Bethke

chapter 18|16 pages

Indios BÁrbaros

Nomad-Spanish interactions on the northern frontier of New Spain
ByLindsay M. Montgomery

chapter 19|16 pages

Indigenous Agency and Limits to the Colonial Order in South America

BySilvana Buscaglia

chapter 20|16 pages

Landscapes of Strategic Mobility in Central America

San Pedro Siris during the Caste War
ByMinette C. Church, Christine A. Kray, Jason Yaeger

chapter 21|14 pages

The Adorned Body in French Colonial Louisiana

Exploring cosmopolitan materialities of bodily objects
ByDiana DiPaolo Loren

chapter 22|19 pages

“Politics of Regard” and the Meaning of Things

The persistence of ceramic and agroforestry practices by women in São Paulo
ByMarianne Sallum, Francisco Silva Noelli

chapter 23|17 pages

From Hybridity to Relationality

Shifting perspectives on the archaeology of Métis emergence
ByKisha Supernant

chapter 24|22 pages

Battling the Alamo

Toward preservation and protection of Coahuiltecan legacies and camposantos
ByAlston V. Thoms, Ramon Juan Vasquez, Art Martinez de Vara

chapter 25|15 pages

Lived Heritage of Colonialism at Tahcabo, YucatÁn, MÉxico

ByPatricia A. McAnany, Maia Dedrick, Adolfo Iván Batún Alpuche

chapter 26|17 pages

Monumentalizing Nipmuc Heritage And Emplacing Indigenous Presence

ByHeather Law Pezzarossi, Stephen A. Mrozowski, D. Rae Gould

part IV|113 pages

Decolonial futures

chapter 27|18 pages

In Small Islands Forgotten

Lessons from CHamoru lands
BySandra Montón-Subías

chapter 28|19 pages

Unsettling the Archaeology of Reservations

A view from Grand Ronde, Oregon
ByIan Kretzler, Sara L. Gonzalez

chapter 29|18 pages

Survivance Storytelling in Archaeology

ByNathan P. Acebo

chapter 30|17 pages

The Hoofed Clan Story and Storywork

Red Lake Ojibwe foodways and Indigenous food sovereignty
ByAshleigh BigWolf Thompson, Tristan Reader

chapter 32|8 pages

The Limits of Repatriation’s Decolonizing Abilities

ByDorothy Lippert

chapter 33|18 pages

Changing Museum Narratives

A conversation with culture curators at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
BySven Haakanson, Holly Barker, Sara L. Gonzalez