Field Methods in Indigenous Archaeology is a community-based participatory research project that involves the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon (CTGR), the CTGR Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO), and the University of Washington. The CTGR THPO is responsible for a variety of tasks related to the care and management of tribal cultural resources. These resources are integral to tribal heritage and include archaeological and ancestral sites, sacred places, and traditional cultural landscapes. The overarching goal of our collaboration is to contribute to the capacity of the CTGR THPO to manage tribal heritage on the Grand Ronde reservation, which is located in western Oregon, approximately 60 miles SW Portland.
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Students enrolled in the FMIA field school contribute to a course blog. Topics include discussions of community-based and archaeological research methods, the application of indigenous methods in archaeological field practice, approaches to tribal historic preservation, and Grand Ronde tribal history. Please read and comment on their blog posts.