What is it about?

We show how archaeology can support Ani Kitu Hwagi community values and care for cultural heritage. Past archaeological work in one place, Nvnvnyi, near today's Cherokee, North Carolina has done damage by destroying some remains and removing excavated materials to places away from the community. We discuss steps we have taken address this harm and to show how other archaeological work positively upholds core values.

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Why is it important?

Native American researchers discuss innovative methods and interpretations to understand the past.


I loved working on this discussion of our work at Nvnvnyi. One place can show us so much. We had a good time debating the fine points of theory, history, and archaeological data. I appreciate collaborating as a settler colonial with such excellent Native American colleagues.

Illinois State University

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This page is a summary of: Archaeology, Historical Ruptures, and Ani-Kitu Hwagi Memory and Knowledge, The American Indian Quarterly, January 2020, Project Muse,
DOI: 10.5250/amerindiquar.44.2.0243.
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