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WHOOPIE! Archaeology


Join us for a celebration of archaeology (and whoopie pies)! Kristen Barnett, PhD (Unagx/Aleut) of Bates College will be presenting - She is the Center: Indigenous Archaology at Temyiq Tuyuryaq, focused on the importance of studying landscapes through an Indigenous lens.

From Dr. Barnett:
A number of scholars have invested time in observing and discussing the inherently gendered ‘nature’ of the landscape. As an Indigenous scholar I am directed toward concepts of nature and specifically, our mother earth, our peoples, and celestial beings. Mother earth is impregnated with our past, cradling our lives and our ancestors in her womb, from which they once came, and returning to us in an archaeological context, if you will. I argue that it is irrelevant as to whether or not your ideology fits within this Indigenous belief system, archaeologists engaging in pre-colonial ‘sites’ of study are entrenched in a culturally gendered landscape. In my research I explore Temyiq Tuyuryaq, named for the three women whose lives were taken at the mouth of the bay. Overturning concepts of the colonial ghost, I approach the cultural landscape through a mode of continuity as lived by the Yup’ik community of Tuyuryaq and consider the gendered experience of place throughout the last 1200 years in Bristol Bay Alaska.

Tickets are $20 for members, $30 for non-members and can be purchased online here, reservations required.

This is event is sponsored by Mount Dessert Bakery!