Welcome

Welcome to Preserving the Past Together, a UW seminar and workshop series sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences, Office of Research, the Burke Museum, Anthropology, and the Quaternary Research Center. These 2 hour luncheon events bring together tribal representatives, tribal historic preservation offices, representatives from local, federal and state agencies, and cultural resource managers to evaluate the contemporary needs and challenges of preserving heritage in the Salish Sea. The objective is to foster the development of collaborative approaches to heritage management and historic preservation that integrate the needs of these diverse stewards and stakeholdersThe workshops will serve as catalysts for situating local needs and challenges within a national and international framework for caring for and protecting cultural heritage.


Workshop 1: Collaborating on Heritage in the Puget Sound
January 12th, 2017  12:30-2:30 pm
wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ , Intellectual House
Join us for our opening event, featuring an address by Chairman Leonard Forsman (Suquamish Tribe; Vice-Chair, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation) and a facilitated conversation with representatives from local tribes, WSDOT, DAHP and UW Law. Workshop panelists and attendees will consider the following question: What are the opportunities and challenges of caring for heritage within the Salish Sea?

Workshop 2: Meaningful Collaboration and Indigenous Archaeologies
February 16, 2017  12:30-2:30
Husky Union Building (HUB), Rm. 214

Engaged, collaborative forms of archaeological practice that integrate the perspectives of multiple stewards and stakeholders are becoming a key feature of archaeological practice in the 21st Century. Through this workshop panelists and keynote speaker Dr. Chip Colwell discuss how tribal nations and heritage managers are working together to integrate indigenous values and knowledge into the care of tribal heritage. Dr. Chip Colwell will also provide public lecture on his new book, Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits: Inside the Fight to Reclaim Native America’s Culture. 

Public Lecture: Let Us Rebury Our Dead: Native America’s Necessary and Imperfect Law
February 16, 2017  4:30-6:30
Husky Union Building (HUB), Rm. 145

Who owns the past? Museums that care for the objects of history or the communities whose ancestors made them? Five decades ago, Native American leaders launched a crusade against museums to reclaim their sacred objects and to rebury their kin. This controversy has exploded in recent years as hundreds of tribes have used a landmark federal law to recover their heritage from more than one thousand museums across America. Many still question how to balance the religious freedoms of Native Americans with the academic freedoms of American scientists, and the arguments continue on about whether the emptying of museum shelves elevates human rights or destroys humanity’s common heritage.
This talk presents a new book, Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits: Inside the Fight to Reclaim Native America’s Culture, a personal journey that illuminates how repatriation has transformed both American museums and Native communities. This story reveals why repatriation law has become an imperfect but necessary tool to resolve the collision of worldviews between scientists and Native Americans—to decide the nature of the sacred and the destiny of souls.

Workshop 3: Tribal Archaeology as Archaeological Practice
March 15, 2017  12:30-2:30pm
wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ , Intellectual House

How does a THPO or tribal community develop an approach to archaeology and historic preservation that is rooted in the values of their nation and community? Dr. Ora Marek-Martinez (Navajo Nation, Northern Arizona University) will moderate a discussion with Washington and Oregon Tribal Historic Preservation Offices and Archaeology Departments, discussing the strategies they have used to articulate and implement sovereignty-based approaches to archaeology. Dr. Marek-Martinez will also provide public lecture on her work in Navajo Nation Archaeology Department.

Public Lecture: Archaeology?! Yadilah! Collaborative Archaeology and Lessons from the Navajo Nation
March 15, 2017  4:30-6:30
wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ , Intellectual House

For many Native American tribes, archaeology has been a tool used to dismantle and displace tribal narratives of the past. However, with the development of such approaches as Indigenous archaeology and community-based participatory approaches, innovative collaborative projects have emerged, which have changed the way tribes view archaeology and how they engage with archaeological practice. This intersectionality with archaeology has created a space that empowers tribal communities to reclaim and recreate tribal narratives of the past and to manage and protect cultural heritage in culturally appropriate ways. My experiences working with Navajo communities have changed my approach and assumptions when engaging with tribal communities in archaeological projects. The successful partnerships and projects that I have undertaken while working for the Navajo Nation have outweighed perceived failures. In the years that I have worked on the Navajo Nation, I have learned several tips that I would like to address that may assist other archaeologists engaging with tribal communities.

Workshop 4: Best Practices in Collaboration
May 24-25, 2017
sgwәdzadad qәł ?altxw, House of Awakened Culture

All participants in the seminar series are invited to participate in an afternoon-long workshop on best practices in collaboration, to be held in conjunction with the annual Suquamish Tribal Heritage Summit at the House of Awakened Culture. The workshop will include local, national, and international examples of community-based research with tribal nations in the U.S. and Canada.