Fowler to Speak about Maritime Archaeology and Indigenous Communities in Australia

Posted on 4/12/2018 1:43:58 PM

The Anthropology in Action speaker series is welcoming Madeline Fowler, of James Cook University in Australia, to speak about the ways in which maritime archaeologists can best collaborate with indigenous communities. The talk will be held on Tuesday, April 17, at 6:00 p.m. in the Humanities Building, room 126.

Fowler’s talk is titled “Indigenizing Maritime Archaeology? Past Approaches and Future Directions in Australia,” and is sponsored by the Anthropology Department and the Native American Awareness Council.

Madeline FowlerDespite studying the routes and results of colonialism, maritime archaeology has not come up to speed with regards to requiring explicit, careful, and appropriate collaboration with indigenous communities. Fowler outlines past research with the Narungga Aboriginal community in South Australia which was approached from the outset as a collaborative, community-based initiative, attempting to meet “best practice” in community engagement.

While allowing the Narungga community to know and understand, as well as accept and “own” the research, Indigenous peoples remain underrepresented in maritime archaeology. What strategies can maritime archaeologists use to increase indigenous participation? Fowler recommends the deliberate involvement of indigenous peoples in the study, research, and management of maritime archaeology, while shifting accountability for indigenous inclusion to practicing maritime archaeologists. Indigenous maritime archaeology is everybody’s business.

The Anthropology in Action speaker series is a monthly series highlighting the work of contemporary anthropologists. This year’s topics include drug policy in Southeast Asia, public health and US farmworkers, the archaeology of confederate monuments, and iIndigenous rights.