Anthropology Magazine

Unsettling the Past: Radically Reimagining Archaeological Knowledge

For decades, Black and Indigenous archaeologists have rightfully called for a radical reimagining of how archaeology interprets and understands the past. The formulation of archaeologies by, for, and with Indigenous peoples and informed by Black feminist experiences are a testament to the desire of scholars to create a field rooted in decolonial and liberatory praxis. These decolonial interventions work to unsettle the past—reveling in the human complexity of Indigenous and Black life. This panel, comprised of leading Indigenous and Black archaeologists and artists, focuses squarely on the continued work of scholars who are helping to decolonize Black and Indigenous pasts by reshaping how archaeological knowledge is created.


Sara Gonzalez, Curator of Archaeology, Burke Museum, University of Washington

Sven Haakanson, Curator of Native American Anthropology, Burke Museum, University of Washington

Mateo Romero, Contemporary Pueblo Painter

Cheryl White, Senior Lecturer in Archaeology, University of Suriname


Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Ph.D., Professor in Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst


CART captioning provided by Lori Stavropoulos.

Read on:

Burke Museum

Meet the Artist: Mateo Romero of Cochiti Pueblo

Black Feminist Archaeology

The Angyaaq sets Sail Once Again


Stanford Archaeology Center

Society of Black Archaeologists

Indigenous Archaeology Collective

Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies


Webinar Series:

From the Margins to the Mainstream: Black and Indigenous Futures in Archaeology