Thursday, October 10, 2019
Title: Collaborative and Tribally Driven Anthropology as a Source of Relevance, Revitalization, and Innovation
Abstract: Collaborative and applied anthropologies are today recognized not as separate or supplemental research programs, but as vital pathways for contemporary anthropological practice that are increasingly integrated with the agendas and pedagogies of the discipline's subfields. Such trends typify an anthropology "put to work" that is more socially responsible and responsive to society's changing needs and wants. When research questions come from, and are driven by, interested Native American tribes and other diverse publics, anthropology and its products are afforded broader relevance that can also provide stimulus for cultural revitalization and innovation. Material culture analyses focused on textile arts, and the results of archaeological and preservation initiatives driven by the Seneca Nation of Indians at Custaloga Town, PA, an 18th century Seneca-Delaware village, illustrate the benefits of an anthropology “put to work” for diverse publics, students, and scholarship.