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By George Nicholas

What does being an archaeologist suggest to Indigenous people? How and why perform a little develop into archaeologists? What has led them down a route to what a few of their groups have classified a colonialist enterprise? What have been are the demanding situations they've got confronted, and the motivations that experience allowed them to be successful? How have they controlled to stability conventional values and worldview with Western modes of inquiry? and the way are their contributions broadening the scope of archaeology? Indigenous archaeologists have the usually awkward function of attempting to serves as spokespeople either for his or her domestic group and for the clinical group of archaeologists. This quantity tells the stories—in their very own words-- of 37 indigenous archaeologists from six continents, how they turned archaeologists, and the way their twin function impacts their relationships with their group and their expert colleagues. subsidized via the realm Archaeological Congress

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Thesis in November 1999, I was unable start in Cambridge because I could not produce a bank statement indicating I had the 16,000 pounds Cambridge demanded. Consequently, I postponed my admission for one year, with the help of Dr. Phillipson, and moved to San Diego to join my wife and daughter, who had been deported from Norway four months earlier for visa violations. In San Diego, I tried but failed to get a teaching job and so obtained a basic clerical position with Kelly Staff Leasing (KSL).

I felt so embarrassed because I saw the other students were looking at me, having noticed that I had been missed. I didn’t know what to do, so I decided I would drop out of my degree straight after the class ended. When I look back, I wish I had dropped out of that class because it ended up being the most uncomfortable course I took, with other “misunderstandings” between myself and the lecturer. But the reason I stayed in this course and in the degree program was because I remembered how I felt during the times I volunteered in archaeology projects in American Samoa and Samoa and saw the need to have more of my own people involved in this field; I remember also wanting to be the voice for my community and my culture in the world of academia.

However, I personally hope to help change the misunderstanding and related negativity associated with archaeology in Ghana, and in Africa. More generally, adequate funding for attending graduate school is needed to increase the number of Indigenous archaeologists. The result will be more Indigenous students working with their own people in investigating and documenting their own histories from their own perspectives. R EFERENCES C ITED Anquandah, J. R. 1982 Rediscovering Ghana’s Past. Longman, Harlow.

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