Lindsay M. Montgomery

About Lindsay M. Montgomery

Lindsay M. Montgomery is an anthropological archaeologist whose work seeks to create complex counter-histories focused on Indigenous persistence, resistance, and survivance in the North American West. Her work particularly focuses on the material and social histories of equestrian communities living in the Southwest and Great Plains from the 16th-20th centuries. Her research employs a collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach, which brings together archaeological, archival, oral historical, and ethnographic sources to understand interethnic interactions among Indigenous Peoples and with European settlers. Her current research revolves around a collaborative research project with Picuris Pueblo in northern New Mexico. This work explores the evolving social and economic relationship between Picuris Pueblo, other Pueblo communities, the Jicarilla Apache, and Hispano settlers through an investigation of agricultural practices at the Pueblo between 1400-1750 CE. 

Selected Publications

Montgomery, Lindsay M. 2021. A History of Mobility in New Mexico: Mobile Landscapes and Persistent Places. Routledge.

Montgomery, Lindsay M. and Chip Colwell. 2019. Objects of Survivance: A Material History of the American Indian School Experience. Boulder: University Press of Colorado.

Montgomery, Lindsay M. 2020. When the Mountain People Came to Taos: Ute Archaeology in the northern Rio Grande. In Numic Archaeology and Ethnohistory in the American Rocky Mountains and Borderlands, edited by Robert Brunswig and David Hill, pp. 257-281. Boulder:University Press of Colorado.

Montgomery, Lindsay M. 2019. Nomadic economics: The logic and logistics of Comanche Imperialism in New Mexico. Journal of Social Archaeology.

Montgomery, Lindsay M. and Severin Fowles. 2019. Biographic tradition rock art of 18th Century New Mexico. In Murals of the Americas, edited by Victoria Lyall, 99-117. Denver: Denver Art Museum.
Montgomery, Lindsay M. 2018. Memories that Haunt: Reconciling with the Ghosts of the American Indian School System. International Journal of Heritage Studies. 

Courses Taught

ANTH 696a. Indigenous Theory and Philosophy

ANTH 638. Culture Contact & Colonialism

ANTH 595. Ethics, Praxis, & Pedagogy

ANTH 457/557. Contesting the Past: Archaeology and Global Heritage

ANTH 385. Fight the Power!

ANTH 150c. Humanity-A How To Guide


Areas of Study

American Southwest & Great Plains


Research Interests

Settler Colonialism, Inter-ethnic Interaction, Ethnohistory, Indigenous philosophy, Oral History, Cultural landscapes

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Contact Information

Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Telephone: 520-621-5109
Office: Haury Building, 408D
Office Hours: By appointment:


Ph.D., Stanford University 

B.A., Barnard College (Columbia University)