Places of Protocol: Memory, Archaeology, and Colonial Legacies on the Columbia River

Jon Daehnke, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz, and Visiting Research Associate, SAR

Colloquium, SAR Boardroom

Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free

This presentation explores the development and use of the Cathlapotle Plankhouse located at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge in Ridgefield, Washington. The plankhouse developed out of the intersection of archaeology, cultural heritage management, and Native American activism, and serves as a site of memory that provides a physical link to the indigenous populations that once lived along the Columbia River. It is also a place where competing visions about the role and value of heritage stewardship come into focus and where tensions exist surrounding the use of the Cathlapotle Plankhouse as both a place of cultural reclamation for the Chinook Indian Nation and also as a site for public interpretation – including use of the plankhouse for Lewis and Clark commemorative events. As a result, the Cathlapotle Plankhouse is an ambiguous monument that represents both the legacies of a rich tribal culture and the continuing effects of colonialism.

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