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Indigenous Archaeology, Community Archaeology, and Decolonial Archaeology: What are we Talking About? A Look at the Current Archaeological Theory in South America with Examples

Indigenous Archaeology, Community Archaeology, and Decolonial Archaeology: What are we Talking... In this article, I review the various forms of political commitment in the field of archaeology in South America over recent decades using three cases: one from Argentina and two from Colombia. The several types of political engagements that can be categorized involve multiple levels of work, from the use of archaeological excavation in projects with indigenous peoples to the rejection of the application of archaeology within the purposes of the indigenous social movement; in between those two options, we distinguish practices such as multiculturalism and its reification of culture. At this level, past, heritage, and history become merchandise for cultural markets. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archaeologies Springer Journals

Indigenous Archaeology, Community Archaeology, and Decolonial Archaeology: What are we Talking About? A Look at the Current Archaeological Theory in South America with Examples

Archaeologies , Volume 17 (3) – Dec 1, 2021

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Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © World Archaeological Congress 2021
ISSN
1555-8622
eISSN
1935-3987
DOI
10.1007/s11759-021-09433-y
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Abstract

In this article, I review the various forms of political commitment in the field of archaeology in South America over recent decades using three cases: one from Argentina and two from Colombia. The several types of political engagements that can be categorized involve multiple levels of work, from the use of archaeological excavation in projects with indigenous peoples to the rejection of the application of archaeology within the purposes of the indigenous social movement; in between those two options, we distinguish practices such as multiculturalism and its reification of culture. At this level, past, heritage, and history become merchandise for cultural markets.

Journal

ArchaeologiesSpringer Journals

Published: Dec 1, 2021

Keywords: Indigenous people; Heritage; Caribbean; Archaeology; History

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