Collaborative Research in the Pacific Basin and Beyond: Re-Shaping Archaeological Practice to Provide Space for Communities

In 2013, Patricia McAnany and Sarah Rowe organized a session for the 78th annual Society for American Archaeology (SAA) meetings in Honolulu, Hawaii. The session was entitled “Collaborative Research in the Pacific Basin and Beyond: Re-shaping Archaeological Practice to Provide Space for Communities”, which included diverse perspectives, community collaborations, and archaeological investigations around the Pacific basin. Read the abstract below:

“Increasingly, archaeological investigations include descriptors such as collaborative, participatory, community, and indigenous. These approaches work towards ethical practices that include bidirectional exchanges of knowledge that increase the experience of research for archaeologists but also for communities. This emerging practice within archaeology is largely not encoded in archaeological texts and within professional principles. This session emphasizes various approaches the collaborative investigations and provides a sample of projects that have implemented in the Pacific basin and beyond. The primary interest is the conditions that impact collaboration, the legal frameworks in which archaeologists operate, the colonial history of particular locales, differences between concepts of temporality used by archaeologists and locals, socioeconomic conditions, and the prevalence of poverty. In this session, contributors observe frankly the efforts of archaeologists and communities to construct substantive exchanges of knowledge. Documenting successes, failures, memorable moments, and missteps are critical to build an ethical practice of collaboration within archaeology.”

13 Bak’tun New Maya Perspectives in 2012
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
October 25-26, 2012

Executive Director of Inherit, Dr. Patricia A. McAnany, collaborated with other campus units at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to plan a Maya 2012 event during the fall semester. During the event presenters included Mayan poets, indigenous leaders, meetings open to the public, and round tables about Maya culture. Here is alink to the official page for this event.

Indigenous Perspectives on Cultural Heritage and Preservation Co-sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Museum
September 29th – October 3rd, 2008

In 2008, a conference was organized by the University of Pennsylvania Museum and MACHI (predecessor of InHerit) with twelve indigenous leaders from various nations around the northern hemisphere to discuss issues of cultural heritage and conservation.

MACHI Conference on Education and Cultural Heritage
October 19-21, 2006

MACHI — predecessor of InHert — organized their first conference to discuss basic education related to culture and heritage. Educators, archaeologists, and heritage specialists from Belize, México, Honduras, Guatemala, and the United States met for three days in the archaeological biosphere reserve Kaxil Kiuic, en Yucatán, México, to present their work and make connections across international borders.

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