Archaeology Café

Better for It: Research Conceived in Collaboration with Community

Welcome to the 2022–2023 season of the Archaeology Café, an eight-part series in which we explore the complexities of collaborative research.

One of Archaeology Southwest’s goals is co-creation and co-engagement with Indigenous nations and communities. Come along with us as we learn from this season’s presenters—experts who are conducting collaborative archaeological research that looks toward a more holistic understanding of the meanings and values of heritage.

Join us on the first Tuesday of each month from October through May to hear more about trust-building processes, crucial steps for creating and nurturing relationships, and lessons learned from minor or major stumbles. Gather with your fellow Archaeology Café community members over Zoom and be prepared to expand your thinking—we are!

Check out this season’s postcard here »

Archaeology Café is made possible by The Smith Living Trust.

Cafe logo and Smith Living Trust logo

Banner image courtesy of P. K. Weis

October 4, 2022

Diné Archaeology on Chacra Mesa

with Davina Two Bears & Ruth Van Dyke



November 1, 2022

Revitalizing Cultural Lifestyle through Archeological Preservation

with Kevin Cooeyate & James Othole

Banner image courtesy of Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management


December 6, 2022

Public Archaeology in African American Communities

with William White



January 10, 2023

The Chinese Railroad Worker Experience in Terrace, Utah

with Christopher Merritt & Karen Kwan

Banner image courtesy of Bureau of Land Management


February 7, 2023

Weaving a Partnership: The Collaborative Journey of the Cedar Mesa Perishables Project

with Louie Garcia & Laurie Webster

Banner image courtesy of the Field Museum, Cat. No. 165170


March 7, 2023

Collaborative Archaeology and the “Becoming Hopi” Project

with Stewart Koyiyumptewa & Wes Bernardini

Banner image courtesy of Scott Catron, via Wikimedia Commons


April 4, 2023

Archaeologies that Matter: Heart-centered Practice, Indigenous Knowledge, and Restorative Justice in Canada

with Kisha Supernant


May 2, 2023

Collaborating with Diné Communities

with Wade Campbell

Banner image courtesy of Terry Eiler, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons