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 3|14 pages

A Double Coloniality

The modern/colonial underpinnings of mission archaeology in South America

chapter 5|15 pages

Climate and Colonialism in the Americas

Comparing exemplary cases

chapter 6|15 pages

Colonialism and Historical Ecology

Livestock management as a case study in the American Southwest

chapter 7|15 pages

Interpreting Documentary and Archaeological Evidence

Intercultural interactions in Santafé de Bogotá (Colombia)

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

chapter 10|17 pages

African-Indigenous Interactions in Colonial America

From divisions to dialogue

chapter 14|15 pages

The Archaeology of Conquest and Accommodation

A view from the Valley of Mexico

part III|203 pages

Archaeological explorations of Native-lived colonialisms

chapter 16|15 pages

Indigenous Persistence in the Face of Imperialism

Andean case studies

chapter 18|16 pages

Indios BÁrbaros

Nomad-Spanish interactions on the northern frontier of New Spain

chapter 20|16 pages

Landscapes of Strategic Mobility in Central America

San Pedro Siris during the Caste War

chapter 21|14 pages

The Adorned Body in French Colonial Louisiana

Exploring cosmopolitan materialities of bodily objects

chapter 22|19 pages

“Politics of Regard” and the Meaning of Things

The persistence of ceramic and agroforestry practices by women in São Paulo

chapter 23|17 pages

From Hybridity to Relationality

Shifting perspectives on the archaeology of Métis emergence

chapter 24|22 pages

Battling the Alamo

Toward preservation and protection of Coahuiltecan legacies and camposantos

part IV|113 pages

Decolonial futures

chapter 27|18 pages

In Small Islands Forgotten

Lessons from CHamoru lands

chapter 28|19 pages

Unsettling the Archaeology of Reservations

A view from Grand Ronde, Oregon

chapter 30|17 pages

The Hoofed Clan Story and Storywork

Red Lake Ojibwe foodways and Indigenous food sovereignty

chapter 33|18 pages

Changing Museum Narratives

A conversation with culture curators at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture