The World Archaeological Conference is sponsoring its Second Indigenous Inter-Conference on the topic of The Uses and Abuses of Archaeology for Indigenous Peoples. The conference will be held November 8-12, 2005, at the University of Auckland, Auckland.
WAC focuses on the importance of the historical and social role and the political context of archaeological inquiry, and seeks to make studies in archaeology significant to the wider community of individuals, groups, and nations. In keeping with these aims, WAC presents this Indigenous Inter-Congress as a means of providing a forum for examining a range of issues concerned with Indigenous peoples and their pasts.
Session titles (with links to the session abstracts) include:
- Who is Indigenous?
- Indigenous Paths to Archaeology
- Relationships between archaeologists, teaching institutions, heritage organisations, and Māori
- The Representation Of Indigenous Peoples In Archaeological Theory
- Museums: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
- Protecting Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property
- Repatriation: Issues for Communities
- Resolving The Conflicts Between Archaeological And Indigenous Significance In Heritage Assessments
- Parallel Perspectives
- The NAGPRA: Triumphs, Trials, and Tribulations Voices from Indian Country
- Contemporary Issues in Indigenous Archaeology
- International Repatriation: building relationships and empowering communities
The call for session paper abstracts closed Sept. 1, 2005. The programme includes an all-day mid-conference field trip. Participants may register for the conference on-line (Early-Bird registration is good until October 1). For further information on the conference, you are invited to contact either conference organizer, Caroline Phillips or Des Kahotea.