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Archaeologies

, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 352–370 | Cite as

Authoring and Authority in Eastern Pequot Community Heritage and Archaeology

  • Katherine Sebastian Dring
  • Stephen W. SillimanEmail author
  • Natasha Gambrell
  • Shianne Sebastian
  • Ralph Sebastian Sidberry
Research

Abstract

As collaborative indigenous archaeology continues to mature in North America, more attention is needed on the role of authoring and authority by descendent community members in the heritage practices of archaeology. We discuss the role of contemporary collaborative practice and address the ways these have materialized in the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation context in south-eastern Connecticut (USA). As a way to accentuate Eastern Pequot authoring and authority, we use examples of a commemorative volume published as a community rather than an academic product, the return of all archaeological collections to Pequot homelands from their curatorial storage at a university, and the actual content of this article itself with 80% Eastern Pequot authorship.

Key Words

Indigenous archaeology Community Authoring Eastern Pequot 

Résumé

Alors que l’archéologie indigène collaborative continue de prendre forme en Amérique du Nord, il est nécessaire d’être plus attentif au rôle de la création et de l’autorité par les membres descendants de la communauté quant aux pratiques d’héritage de l’archéologie. Nous proposons une discussion sur le rôle de la pratique collaborative contemporaine et exposons les manières dont elle s’est matérialisée dans le contexte de la Nation tribale d’Eastern Pequot dans le sud-est du Connecticut (USA). Afin de mettre l’accent sur la création et l’autorité de la tribu Eastern Pequot, nous utilisons des exemples tirés d’un ouvrage commémoratif publié en tant que communauté plutôt qu’au titre d’une production universitaire, ainsi que le retour de toutes les collections archéologiques vers les terres natales Pequot après leur entreposage auprès d’un conservateur dans une université, mais aussi le contenu actuel de cet article lui-même dont 80% des auteurs sont issus de la tribu Eastern Pequot.

Resumen

A medida que la arqueología indígena colaborativa continúa madurando en América del Norte, se necesita más atención sobre el papel de la autoría y la autoridad de los miembros descendientes de la comunidad en las prácticas patrimoniales de la arqueología. Discutimos el papel de la práctica colaborativa contemporánea y abordamos las formas en que se han materializado en el contexto de la Nación Tribal de Pequot oriental en el sureste de Connecticut (EE.UU.). Como una forma de acentuar la autoría y autoridad de Pequot oriental, utilizamos ejemplos de un volumen conmemorativo publicado como una comunidad en lugar de un producto académico, el regreso de todas las colecciones arqueológicas a las tierras de Pequot desde su almacenamiento curatorial en una universidad, y el contenido real de este artículo en sí mismo con 80% de autoría de la Nación Tribal de Pequot oriental.

Notes

Acknowledgements

We dedicate this article to the memory of Ralph Sebastian Sidberry. The authors would like to extend their deepest appreciations to the Eastern Pequot Tribal Council and all members of the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation, as well as to the Department of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. We thank the Civic Engaged Scholars Initiative and the Public Service Grant competitions at the latter institution for helping to finance some of our heritage and research efforts. We are especially grateful to all community participants and students in the various field schools over the years for their efforts and their inspirations. In addition, we thank Bonnie Clark and Audrey Horning for their helpful comments and editorial leadership in this special journal issue. The Eastern Pequot authors of this paper also reserve a special kutaputuyumw (thank you all) to Mother Earth and the Great Spirit, Manitoo.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Katherine Sebastian Dring
    • 1
  • Stephen W. Silliman
    • 2
    Email author
  • Natasha Gambrell
    • 1
  • Shianne Sebastian
    • 1
  • Ralph Sebastian Sidberry
    • 1
  1. 1.Eastern Pequot Tribal NationNorth StoningtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of Massachusetts BostonBostonUSA

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