Anthropology Magazine

The Fire This Time: Black and Indigenous Ecologies

In the past year, the world witnessed devastating fire seasons in Australia and the U.S. West, an Atlantic hurricane season with a record thirty storms, and a global pandemic. In each of these cases, among the losses of many, marginalized communities have borne the brunt of cascading environmental catastrophes, experiencing loss of lands and significant costs to community health and wellness. This panel, composed of leading Black and Indigenous anthropologists and artists, considers what it means to confront the challenges of a changing climate alongside the legacies of environmental racism. How does our understanding of past and present ecologies allow us to imagine new ethics of care and responsibility for all of our relations? And what shared obligations do such ethics create for archaeological practice?

Simultaneous translations offered in Spanish and French.


Dr. Isabel Rivera-Collazo, Assistant Professor on Biological, Ecological and Human Adaptation to Climate Change, Department of Anthropology and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego

Dr. Kristina Douglass, Joyce and Doug Sherwin Early Career Professor in the Rock Ethics Institute and Assistant Professor of Anthropology and African Studies at Penn State University

Dr. Justin Hosbey, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Emory University

Jerrel Singer, Diné Artist


Dr. Peter Nelson, Coast Miwok and citizen of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria; Assistant Professor of ESPM and Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley


Paulo Freire, Adriana P.A. Vieira, Daniel Vazquez Diaz, and Sieni Campos


CART captioning provided by Lori Stavropoulos.


Museum of Anthropological Archaeology, University of Michigan

Society of Black Archaeologists

Indigenous Archaeology Collective

Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies


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