Archaeologies of “Us” and “Them” explores the concept of indigeneity within the field of archaeology and heritage and in particular examines the shifts in power that occur when ‘we’ define ‘the other’ by categorizing ‘them’ as indigenous. Recognizing the complex and shifting distinctions between indigenous and non-indigenous pasts and presents, this volume gives a nuanced analysis of the underlying definitions, concepts and ethics associated with this field in order to explore Indigenous archaeology as a theoretical, ethical and political concept.

Indigenous archaeology is an increasingly important topic discussed worldwide, and as such critical analyses must be applied to debates which are often surrounded by political correctness and consensus views. Drawing on an international range of global case studies, this timely and sensitive collection significantly contributes to the development of archaeological critical theory.

part I|94 pages

Politics of indigeneity

chapter 2|5 pages

Naming the indigenous

chapter 3|15 pages

Stakeholder in practice

“Us”, “Them” and the problem of expertise

chapter 5|16 pages

Integrating the past in the present

Archaeology as part of living Yup’ik heritage

chapter 6|17 pages

Us and whom?

Representations of indigenousness in the archaeological site of Avdat, Israel

chapter 7|12 pages

The archaeological construction of aboriginality

The Inuit case

part II|86 pages

Spaces between “Us” and “Them”

chapter 9|13 pages

Who is indigenous?

Migration theories and notions of indigeneity in Southern African archaeology

chapter 10|19 pages

Reading indigeneity without race

Color, representation and uncertainty in photographic evidence

chapter 11|16 pages

How history controls the past

“Discovering” the unconventional and underground history of Setauket, New York’s Native and African American community

part III|99 pages

Heritage and indigenous rights

chapter 14|19 pages

Culture, rights, indigeneity and intervention

Addressing inequality in indigenous heritage protection and control

chapter 15|15 pages

Archaeological heritage and Hokkaido Ainu

Ethnicity and research ethics

chapter 18|14 pages

Contested colonial history and heritage in Sápmi

Archaeology, indigeneity and local communities in Northern Sweden