Join our hosts Chelsi Slotten, Emily Long, Kirsten Lopez, and a rotating panel of guests as they discuss archaeological topics ranging from career planning to subfields, women's issues to what to take on a dig. We cover all topics as they relate to archaeology and women, and invite you to join the conversation.
The Border Wall Crisis – Interview with Laiken Jordahl
On this episode, Emily Long and Chelsi Slotten host Laiken Jordahl from the Center for Biological Diversity. Laiken has been witness to much of the ongoing conflict and impacts created with the construction of Trump’s promised Border Wall along the US-Mexico border. We discuss the ongoing destruction of important cultural and ecological sites along the border wall construction zone.
Center for Biological Diversity: https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/
O’odham Anti Border Collective: https://www.facebook.com/AntiBorderCollective/Defend O’odham Jawed: InstagramIndigenous Action: Defenders of Sacred Site Arrests
How QAnon is undermining local antitrafficking efforts in the American Southwest
Quitobaquito Springs Closed ahead of a Cross-Border Ceremony held by O’odham tribal members
O’odham meet from both sides of the order for prayer in the last, closing gap in the wall
Border Wall clash between indigenous groups and federal agents
Laiken Jordahl on Twitter: @LaikenJordahl
The world seems to be on fire in multiple ways these days, both figuratively and literally. Join us for this episode as we chat with our own Emily Long about her experience as a fire archaeologist, and the efforts taken by wildfire fighters and archaeologists across the west this fire season.
Dedicated READ job ad from 2018 discusses job duties.
Forest Service handbook, Wildland Fire in Ecosystems: Effects of Fire on Cultural Resources and Archaeology
Jessica Leight Hester’s article with Kassie Rippee, How Does an Archaeologist Keep Heritage Sites Safe From Wildfires?
Santa Cruz district State Parks emergency relocation efforts.
Damage of historic parks in 2020 Wildfires to date.
Fire Ecology Introduction from Archaeology Magazine
National Museum of Brazil’s 2018 fire, and subsequent 2020 museum fire at a natural history museum in Minas Gerais remind us to have emergency planning ahead of time.
Endling Crossover Episode with Alexandra Kosmides
A fascinating new podcast covering extinct species since the Pleistocene, Endling explores each species in depth. Today, Kirsten Lopez of the Women in Archaeology and Alexandra Kosmides of Endling discuss three notable North American species important to native peoples of the US and Canada, and the impact of their near or complete extinction. These species are discussed in relation to the cultures and regions they thrived in moving eastward across the continent: Pacific Salmon, the Plains Bison, and the Passenger Pigeon. Take a listen, and check out the Endling podcast!
* https://endlingpodcast.podbean.com/* Fivemile Rapids Site* CRITFC: Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission* Portland Parks Crystal Springs Creek Restoration in Westmoreland park * City of Portland Environmental Services site on the Crystal Springs Creek project* Treaty Fishing rights and co-management in Washington state won by tribes in 1974 * A general overview of the Restoration era, also known as Native American self-determination, when tribes pushed to regain federal recognition beginning in the 1960s* Smithsonian account of bison and indigenous slaughter by the US Army, expedited by the Transcontinental Railroad. * Bison bone pile Photo and context* Recommended reading: An Indigenous People’s History of the United States* Elk Island National Park bison conservation* Passenger Pigeon episode on Endling
Interview with Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Kassie Rippie
To start off July right, we discuss cultural resources with Kassie Rippee. The Tribal Historic Preservation Officer and archaeologist for the Coquille Indian Tribe in Coos Bay, Oregon, Kassie wears many hats most days, but more during our great year 2020. We talk about what a THPO does, COVID, race, and changing archaeological perspectives. Join us!
Who are your local federally recognized tribes? Find that here: https://www.usa.gov/tribes#item-37647Also Google local tribes to find any unrecognized tribal entities that may reside or have ancestral lands in your area.
National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers News and Announcements has information on issues and actions here: http://www.nathpo.org/
National organization that focuses on heritage preservation and governmental actions, measures, etc. across the United States: https://heritagecoalition.org/
Find and contact your elected officials on local Cultural Resource issues here: https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials
Oregon Commision on Indian Services: https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/cis
Official NPS bulletin on Traditional Cultural Properties: https://www.nps.gov/history/tribes/documents/tcp.pdfThere are several articles out there that discuss the value of TCPs as a listing on the NR versus recognition as eligible for said status,as well as the benefits and drawbacks to full NR listing more generally.
How and where to register for federal, state, and local elections: https://www.usa.gov/voter-registration
Archaeological representation on The Hill and information on related issues: https://www.saa.org/government-affairs/take-action#/
SB770, 2001: http://muskie.usm.maine.edu/helpkids/telefiles/053107tele/SB770.pdfGrandmother Rock: https://shichils.wordpress.com/2013/07/17/grandmother-rock-of-bandon/
National Register of Historic Places: how to evaluate an archaeological sitehttps://www.nps.gov/subjects/nationalregister/upload/NRB36-Complete.pdfor Traditional Cultural Properties: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/nationalregister/upload/NRB38-Completeweb.pdf
Society for Black Archaeologists: Archaeology in the Times of Black Lives Matter: https://www.societyofblackarchaeologists.
Should All History Be Saved? -Repost
Welcome to our flashback to late 2017. the Women in Archaeology speak with Cheryl Fogle-Hatch about one hot topic: What and who’s history gets to be preserved, and how? How does preserved history get interpreted today and for the future? What lessons are we learning from monuments standing today?
Listen to diverse opinions on the topic just three years ago. Your assignment is to ponder how these ideas relate to the Black Lives Matter movement that is inspiring change across the world. Please reflect on what has or hasn’t changed over the past three years, and how you feel about the arguments presented.We recognize this episode can incite a range of emotions, and with that, we are hoping to bring these old discussions to light today to help facilitate conversations that must create sustained change.
As we move through these historic times, the Women in Archaeology will be reposting some of our early, thought-provoking episodes in the coming months to reflect upon. Follow our blog and participate in community discussions to enact real change.
New statues can replace the old ones, building community. Our cover photo features the dedication of the statue of Maggie Lena Walker by the National Park Service in Richmond, Virginia. Read about the dedication here, and more about her legacy here.
Old Show Notes:
Racist memorabilia museum (yes, this actually exists): https://ferris.edu/jimcrow/
2015 statement and history of Baltimore’s Confederate statues: https://baltimoreheritage.github.io/civil-rights-heritage/confederate-memory/
Afua Hirsche’s article on the argument for toppling statues: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/22/toppling-statues-nelsons-column-should-be-next-slavery
An article of the times: oh how things have changed. http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-monuments-found-20170817-story.html
Just four? Year 2020: hold my beer. https://baltimoreheritage.org/preservation/baltimore-took-four-confederate-monuments-comes-next/
Dr. Rosemary Joyce’s well thought out article on the social impact of these monuments: http://blogs.berkeley.edu/2017/08/16/losing-the-past-or-changing-the-future-archaeologists-and-modern-monuments/
Corsets, Robot Sex, and Supernatural, Oh My!
Today Dr. Rebecca Gibson joins us to discuss her research in the bioarchaeology of corsets. Her upcoming book is about how women’s bodies were shaped by the garment. We explore some of her past research including Robot sex, and gender & the supernatural. So many incredible topics! First, we tackle how corsets impacted women’s skeletal development in the past. We then dive into the ethics of human connection with robots and AI and dip our toes in gender and supernatural creatures.
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