Resident Scholars

2010–2011 Resident Scholars2010–2011 Resident Scholars2010–2011 Resident Scholars

Since 1973, when the SAR resident scholar program began, each year’s cohort of scholars has developed its own dynamic. With long hours of solitary concentration their common enterprise, some groups are more social than others—some marked by cocktail parties, others by hiking excursions, and still others by the search for the perfect green chile cheeseburger. In 2010–2011, however, the resident scholar cohort chose words as the hub of their social wheel.

The scholars began their nine-month writing fellowships by gathering together a group to “workshop one another’s chapters,” said Sara Croucher, adding “it normally involved cake.” Refreshments aside, the scholars used these collegial but intense weekly sessions throughout the year to critique their burgeoning work, to exchange ideas and challenge impasses, and to lobby for theoretical positions. “Our workshops have been tremendously helpful. I’ve written a different book than I would have without knowing all of the scholars here at SAR,” said Catherine Cameron.

In some of our interviews with the 2010–2011 resident scholars, we asked several of them to talk about the ways these workshop sessions affected their work by posing this question: “What about the other resident scholars’ work made you think differently about your own?” Click below to hear their conversations and to enjoy this expanded dimension of our Annual Review in its digital form.

Jamila Bargach and her Daughter, Fanou DerhemJamila Bargach and her Daughter, Fanou Derhem2010–2011 Campbell Resident Scholar
Jamila Bargach and her Daughter, Fanou Derhem
Catherine M. CameronCatherine M. Cameron2010–2011 Weatherhead Resident Scholar
Catherine M. Cameron
Sarah K. CroucherSarah K. Croucher2010–2011 Weatherhead Resident Scholar
Sarah K. Croucher
Doug KielDoug Kiel2010–2011 Katrin H. Lamon Resident Scholar
Doug Kiel
Melissa K. NelsonMelissa K. Nelson2010–2011 Anne Ray Resident Scholar
Melissa K. Nelson

Jamila BargachCampbell Resident Scholar

“Harvesting the Clouds: Fog Collection Technology and Gender Equality in a Berber Village, Morocco”

“By harvesting water through fog free of charge and tailoring a water-rights program that involves women, my project directly addresses gender equality,” said Jamila Bargach, the first recipient of the Vera Campbell Fellowship, which is designated for a female social scientist from a developing nation whose work addresses women’s economic and social empowerment in that nation. The fog-harvesting project in the drought-stricken Aït Baamrane region on the Southern Atlantic coast of Morocco at the center of Bargach’s research has great promise for providing substantial amounts of water, which is important for more than the obvious reasons. “The traditional distribution of social roles within these Berber villages decrees that women and girls fetch water and tend to animals’ needs. Fetching water alone requires between three and five hours per day. This represents a tremendous amount of lost opportunity for women and girls, who could use that time for education, training, or other more productive work. There is the ability through this technology to make it easier for them, so why not do it?” said Bargach.

Catherine M. CameronWeatherhead Resident Scholar

“Unwilling Migrants: Captives’ Contributions to Cultural Change”

“As archaeologists, we ask ‘How do cultures change and interact?’ For instance, how did a pottery design get from here to there? There’s trade, the exchange of goods. Sometimes there’s intermarriage or migration. Some point to elite interaction. But nonstate societies were battling constantly, dragging people back and forth. I suggest that these captives were bringing pottery designs, and so much more, to the societies they joined. I want to illuminate the remarkable changes captives wrought in the societies they entered. I argue that captives, who were frequently women, brought into the society of their captors novel technologies, ideologies, and social behavior, transforming that society in the process. If we look at captives as a source or method of culture change, it would really make a difference.”

Sarah K. CroucherWeatherhead Resident Scholar

“Capitalism and Cloves: A Critique of Historical Archaeology”

“My book is about Islamic-run plantations in the nineteenth century in East Africa that grew cloves for export. As a book about plantation archaeology, it works through several different themes to explore the archaeology of landscapes and the kind of layout of plantations’ domestic space, and different kinds of ceramics, locally and mass-produced. It has also become quite a theoretical book about historical archaeology. So I use this case study in East Africa to pick up a lot of the really taken-for-granted things in plantation archaeology in particular, but also in historical archaeologies of capitalism and in some of the current questions about global historical archaeology.”

Doug KielKatrin H. Lamon Resident Scholar

“The Oneida Resurgence: Modern Indian Renewal in the Heart of America”

“I’m writing a dissertation on the revitalization of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin from the 1920s until the 1970s. Oneida Nation’s transformation began long before the contemporary success of casino gaming but rather is rooted in early-twentieth century activism and a decades-long process of accommodation, resistance, renewal, and change,” said Kiel. He weaves together three approaches to American Indian history. First, he traces the eras of federal-Indian relations (including the Indian New Deal, Termination and Relocation, Red Power, and Self-Determination) through one tribe’s engagements with these political developments. Second, he uses extensive oral histories and first-person narratives to place the Oneida people at the center of the story and to show how federal policies shaped people’s daily lives. And third, Kiel analyzes Oneida Nation government records, offering a unique opportunity to see how a tribe governs itself internally. “The result of melding these three approaches is a social and political interplay between individuals, the tribal government, and the federal government.”

Melissa K. NelsonAnne Ray Resident Scholar

“The Eco-cultural Revitalization of the Southern Paiute Salt Song Trail”

As the director of the Cultural Conservancy, Nelson has collaborated for more than a decade with the Salt Song Trail Project founded by Vivienne Jake (Kaibab Paiute) and Matthew Leivas, Sr. (Chemehuevi). They have produced digital audio recordings, award-winning films, media trainings, a cultural map, oral histories, and numerous articles and essays about the Salt Songs, an ancient cycle of approximately 142 songs that describe the thousand-mile journey along the Salt Song Trail, a path that wends through California, Utah, Arizona, and Nevada where the thirteen bands of the Southern Paiute people live. “It’s time to take a step back and reflect a bit more on the richness, diversity, and range of things we’ve already done,” Nelson said. “I want to contextualize the Salt Song Trail Project research within a larger body of scholarly work on the Southern Paiute done by scholars such as Edward Spicer, Isabel Kelly, Richard Stoffle, Catherine Fowler, and Carobeth Laird, but most importantly, focus on the tribal scholars themselves, the Salt Song singers’ narrations.” In her book, Nelson is developing her perspective that the Salt Song Trail Project is a modern tribal revitalization movement, in which Indigenous peoples not only return from the brink of genocide and extinction, but also bring their culture back to life in new and unexpected ways.

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