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In 2015–2016, we feature presenters who will explain the “so what?” of their findings. Accordingly, we encourage audiences to consider not only the past, but also their own place in our human story.
On April 5, 2016, Maren Hopkins (Anthropological Research LLC) will present “Collaborative Research with Native Communities.”
My work as an ethnographer and archaeologist focuses on the relationship between Native American traditional cultural beliefs and practices and places on the landscape. This work is accomplished through community based participatory research with tribal members, wherein research questions are developed collaboratively and from an understanding of the social structures, worldviews, and contemporary concerns of Native American peoples.
This work is beneficial to tribal communities for the retention and transmission of their traditional cultural beliefs and practices. It is also particularly relevant for archaeologists and land managers, as they are beginning to frame research questions around the traditions, values, and historical perspectives of Native American descendant communities. Their inquiries are beginning to extend beyond ethical and legal obligations to consult with tribal governments. Scholars are also seeking new and greater meaning in the landscapes and materials that they have studied for over a century. Archaeological interpretations are thus beginning to refer to the living legacies found in contemporary Native practices, as well as to the documented traditions that describe unfamiliar and esoteric aspects of Native American life. Collaborative research with tribes is essential in these efforts.
Archaeology Café is an informal forum where adults can learn more about the Southwest’s deep history and speak directly to experts. We have based Archaeology Café on the science pub or science cafe model that developed in Europe and quickly spread to major American cities. At Archaeology Café, we break down the static, jargon-laden dynamic of traditional lectures, and have an expert share some ideas with the group in ways that get discussion going. (Food and drink make things a little livelier, too.)
The program is free, but participants are encouraged to order their own refreshments. Although kids may attend with adult supervision, Archaeology Cafés are best for adults and young adults.
If accommodation is needed due to disability, please contact Kate Gann by email or phone, 520-882-6946 x 16.
Place: We meet on the patio of Casa Vicente, 375 S. Stone Ave., Tucson. Enter through the restaurant.
Time: Presentations begin after 6:00 p.m. It is best to arrive before 5:30 p.m., as seating is open and unreserved, but limited. Share tables and make new friends!
Cost: Archaeology Café is free, but guests are encouraged to order their own refreshments from the menu.
The 2015–2016 season is made possible, in part, by Arizona Humanities.