Community Challenges in a Post-NAGPRA Landscape

Moderator: Dr. T.J. Ferguson
Speakers: Mark Mitchell, Theresa Pasqual, Dr. Rosita Worl

IARC Speaker Series, School for Advanced Research, 660 Garcia Street, Santa Fe

Thursday, March 31, 2016, 6:00 pm

Repatriation, at its heart, is a complicated matter. Cultural restrictions, museum collection care policies, and many other issues play into the decisions communities are forced to make about whether or not to repatriate. While many communities have ceremonies to send people and objects into the afterlife, there are no comparable ceremonies/prayers to bring ancestors home and send them again. Another issue of contention surrounds cultural affinity and the “burden of proof” clause that has created great debate, discontentment, and has discouraged many tribes from active engagement in repatriation. What are the challenges communities face today as a result of repatriation and how are they being negotiated? What types of collections are not presently considered for repatriation, and why not?




Part One of Two. Videography by John Sadd



Part Two of Two. Videography by John Sadd



T.J. FergusonT.J. FergusonPhoto courtesy of T.J. Ferguson.T.J. FergusonPhoto courtesy of T.J. Ferguson.Dr. T. J. Ferguson is a Professor in the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona, where he edits the Anthropological Papers of the University of Arizona. Dr. Ferguson also owns Anthropological Research LLC, a research company in Tucson, Arizona, that specializes in archaeological and ethnographic research needed for historic preservation, repatriation, and litigation of land and water rights. He holds a Masters of Community and Regional Planning (1986) and a Ph.D. in Anthropology (1993) from the University of New Mexico. For three decades, Dr. Ferguson has conducted archaeological, ethnographic, and historical research of Pueblo and Apache tribes in the Southwest. He is the author of three four books: A Zuni Atlas (1985, with E. Richard Hart), Historic Zuni Architecture and Society: An Archaeological Application of Space Syntax (1996), and History is in the Land: Multivocal Tribal Traditions in Arizona’s San Pedro Valley (2006, with Chip Colwell), ), and The Moquis and Kastilam: Hopis, Spaniards, and the Trauma of History, Volume 1, 1540–1679 (2015, with Thomas E. Sheridan, Stewart B. Koyiyumptewa, Anton Daughters, Dale S. Brenneman, Leigh Kuwanwisiwma, and Lee Wayne Lomayestewa), as well as numerous articles and book chapters on the archaeology and cultural landscapes of the Southwest.




Mark Mitchell is the former governor of Tesuque Pueblo. He has also served as the historic preservation officer for the tribe.




Theresa PasqualTheresa PasqualPhoto courtesy of Theresa Pasqual.Theresa Pasqual is an independent consultant. Her work focuses on the identification & designation of traditional cultural landscapes (TCPs), Tribal consultation under Section 106 with multiple stakeholders including Federal agencies, advocacy for policy reform, consultation and mediation for culturally sensitive projects, and education on matters of Pueblo culture. She was formerly the director of Acoma Pueblo's Historic Preservation Office, and a member of the Advisory Board to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.




Rosita WorlRosita WorlPhoto courtesy of Rosita Worl.Rosita WorlPhoto courtesy of Rosita Worl.Dr. Rosita Worl, whose Tlingit names are Yeidiklatsókw and Kaaháni, is Tlingit, Ch’áak’ (Eagle) moiety of the Shangukeidí (Thunderbird) Clan from the Kawdliyaayi Hít (House Lowered From the Sun) in Klukwan. She is the President of the Sealaska Heritage Institute, which is dedicated to preserving and maintaining the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures and languages. She is an anthropologist and for many years served as Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Alaska Southeast. She has a Ph.D. and a M.S. in Anthropology from Harvard University, and a B.A. from Alaska Methodist University. She also holds an honorary doctor of sciences degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Dr. Worl serves on the Board of Director of Sealaska, a Native Corporation, which was created by Congress to implement the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 and which holds a portion of their aboriginal land base in Southeast Alaska. She also serves as Co-Chair of the Alaska Federation of Native Subsistence Committee.

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