Since 2020, we have been working closely with our partners from the Lumbee Tribe, the largest state-recognized American Indian tribe east of the Mississippi River, and North Carolina teachers to design experiential learning resources and museum programming that incorporate local knowledge and archaeology. Our objective is to advance public education by amplifying Indigenous voices and histories that are underrepresented in teaching. In August of both 2022 and 2023, we hosted a teacher institute at the Museum of the Southeast American Indian where K-12 teachers had opportunities to engage with a curriculum that highlights Native experiences in the Carolinas between 1491-1830. This professional development opportunity is a great opportunity for teachers to receive updated information, speak with experts, and learn about new ways to bring Native American voices to the forefront of their classrooms. Check out our Photo Gallery to see what our participants got up to at the 2023 Institute. We look forward to hosting another institute in the summer of 2024!
Dr. Maia Dedrick, Cornell University Hirsch Postdoctoral Associate, has been awarded a National Geographic Society grant as part of a call for proposals entitled “Enduring Impacts: Archaeology of Sustainability.” The project itself is called: “The Deep History of Biodiversity Conservation and Agricultural Practices at Tahcabo, Yucatán.” In partnership with InHerit and the Alliance for Heritage Conservation she serves as project leader alongside community partners and a team of scholars that includes Adolfo Iván Batún Alpuche, Marcello Canuto, José Miguel Kanxoc Kumul, Elizabeth Webb, and Patricia A. McAnany.