Anthropology Magazine

SAPIENS Podcast Season 4 Reflections and Celebrations

In this live event, a panel of archaeologists and podcasters celebrates the completion of SAPIENS Podcast Season 4 and RadioCIAMS’ SAPIENS Talk Back series. Meet the amazing people behind the stories of Black and Indigenous archaeologists who are reimagining the purpose of the past.

Season 4 Hosts

Dr. Ora Marek-Martinez (she/her/asdzáá) is a citizen of the Diné Nation, she’s also Nez Perce. As the executive director of the Native American Cultural Center, her work includes supporting and ensuring the success of Northern Arizona University Native American and Indigenous students through Indigenized programming and services. As an assistant professor in Northern Arizona University’s anthropology department, her research interests include Indigenous archaeology and heritage management, research and approaches that utilize ancestral knowledge, and decolonizing and Indigenizing methodologies and storytelling in the creation of archaeological knowledge to reaffirm Indigenous connections to land and place. Ora is a founding member of the Indigenous Archaeology Coalition.

Yoli Ngandali (she/her/hers) is a member of the Ngbaka Tribe from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a Ronald E. McNair fellow, and a Ph.D. candidate in archaeology at the University of Washington. Her research interests span archaeologies of colonialism, Indigenous archaeology, archaeologies of Central Africa, trans-Indigenous traditions of culture sharing, Black and Indigenous futurity, digital conservation science, remote sensing, and multi-spectral imaging. Yoli’s doctoral dissertation develops digital and community-based participatory research approaches to Indigenous art revitalization within museum settings and highlights Indigenous carving traditions in the Pacific Northwest.

Season 4 Sponsors

  • Imago Mundi Fund at Foundation for the Carolinas
  • Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies
  • Denver Museum of Nature & Science
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology
  • University of California, San Diego, Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology
  • University of Michigan Museum of Anthropological Archaeology
  • Brown University Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology & the Ancient World
  • Columbia University’s Center for Archaeology
  • University of Massachusetts, Boston, Fiske Center
  • University of California, Berkeley, Archaeological Research Facility
  • University of Colorado, Denver, Department of Anthropology
  • University of Arizona School of Anthropology