16th Annual Native American Archaeology Roundtable October 30

On Saturday, October 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. the Institute for Native American Studies is hosting the 16th annual Native American Archaeology Roundtable via Zoom for just $10 per person. The focus of this important and informative session is suited for scholars and people that have an appreciation of how we study Native American culture and archeology today. A highlight of this program is to explore the past, present, and future of Native American communities and the ongoing relationship between them and archeologists.

One of the greatest misconceptions of the 19th and 20th centuries was the regard by scholars of the indigenous people of North America as simple and primitive. It was believed that their culture was quickly disappearing all over the country. During this time period, most archeologists ignored Native American community leaders and excavated indigenous burials and other sacred sites. In 1990, this viewpoint began to change because of federal legislation that required archaeologists and museum officials to consult with federally recognized tribes about archaeological surveys, excavations, and artifacts.

As a result of this ongoing and evolving relationship with Native American communities, archeologists continue to develop non-invasive archaeological technologies that provide answers and enhanced perceptions while respecting the sites and artifacts. Balance is now considered to be of the utmost importance. This year’s roundtable will focus on the present archeological practices and explore ways to reconcile and collaborate with mutual respect and understanding.

The roster of scheduled speakers is impressive and includes Dr. Margaret Bruchac from the University of Pennsylvania, Rolf Cachat-Schilling from the Ethical Archeological Society, Brenda Geer from the Eastern Pequot/NAHAC, Bonney Hartley from Stockbridge Munsee-Mohican, Michael Johnson from the Mashantucket Pequot, Cathern Labadia from the State Historic Preservation Office, and Marissa Turnbull from the Mashantucket Pequot. The organizer and chair of this event is Dr. Lucianne Lavin, Director of Research and Collections at the Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington, Connecticut. Dr. Lavin is a member of Connecticut’s Native American Heritage Advisory Council, the editor of the journal of the Archeological Society of Connecticut, and the author of several books including Connecticut’s Indigenous Peoples that can be purchased at the Museum’s gift shop. To register for this event click here. The registration fee is $10. For additional information and questions, please call the Insititute at 860-868-0518 or email general@iaismuseum.org.

About the Institute for American Indian Studies

The Institute for American Indian Studies preserves and educates through discovery and creativity the diverse traditions, vitality, and knowledge of Native American cultures. Located on 15 acres of woodland IAIS is home to permanent and temporary exhibits, nature trails, a replicated 16th century Replicated Algonkian village. During the school year, over 7,000 school-age children visit for hands-on programs to learn about the Indigenous people who have called Connecticut home for thousands of years.

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