Collaborative Archaeology at Stewart Indian School

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Author: Sarah E. Cowie
Author: Diane L. Teeman
Author: Christopher C. LeBlanc

Format: Cloth
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781948908252
Published Date: 2019

Winner of the 2019 Mark E. Mack Community Engagement Award from the Society for Historical Archaeology, the collaborative archaeology project at the former Stewart Indian School documents the archaeology and history of a heritage project at a boarding school for American Indian children in the Western United States. In Collaborative Archaeology at Stewart Indian School, the team’s collective efforts shed light on the children’s education, foodways, entertainment, health, and resilience in the face of the US government’s attempt to forcibly assimilate Native populations at the turn of the twentieth century, as well as school life in later years after reforms.

This edited volume addresses the theory, methods, and outcomes of collaborative archaeology conducted at the Stewart Indian School site and is a genuine collective effort between archaeologists, tribal members, and former students of the school including University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada Indian Commission, and Washoe Tribal Historic Preservation Office. With more than twenty contributing authors, over half of which are tribal members (Washoe, Paiute, and Shoshone), this rich case study is strongly influenced by previous work in collaborative and Indigenous archaeologies. It elaborates on these efforts by applying concepts of governmentality (legal instruments and practices that constrain and enable decisions, in this case, regarding the management of historical populations and modern heritage resources) as well as social capital (valued relations with others, in this case, between Native and non-Native stakeholders).  

As told through the trials, errors, shared experiences, sobering memories, and stunning accomplishments of a group of students, archaeologists, and tribal members, this rare gem humanizes archaeological method and theory and bolsters collaborative archaeological research.

Author Bio
Sarah E. Cowie is an author and associate professor of anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her research in archaeology has received recognitions from the Society for Historical Archaeology, the National Academy of Sciences, and the United States government.
Diane L. Teeman is a member of the Burns Paiute Tribe and Director of the Burns Paiute Tribe’s Culture & Heritage Department. She is currently a doctoral candidate at University of Nevada, Reno and has spent the past thirty years working toward tribal culture and heritage protection and revitalization.
Christopher C. LeBlanc is a heritage consultant at the University of Nevada, Reno and has over twenty years of experience in the fields of cultural and heritage resource management. He is currently working as a crew chief and archaeological technician in Reno, Nevada.