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Native Spirit Art Exhibition, October 9, 2018 Cascadia College, Bothell, WA 4 pm-7 pm

Native Spirit Art Exhibition, October 9, 2018 Cascadia College, Bothell, WA 4 pm-7 pm

I am very proud to announce that I will be having my first art exhibition at Cascadia College in Bothell, WA

Is the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 Legitimizing the Desecration of Native American Sacred Sites?

Is the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 Legitimizing the Desecration of Native American Sacred Sites?

     When I entered the field of cultural resource management, I thought I was walking into a field dedicated to the protection of Native American ...

Three Problems With Federal Agency Tribal Consultation Pursuant to NEPA and NHPA

Three Problems With Federal Agency Tribal Consultation Pursuant to NEPA and NHPA

....For those of us who remember Graduate school, we remember walking through both NHPA and NEPA, however, details were never provided with much clarity on when, how and why Tribes were consulted pursuant to Federal law, other than that it was eventually required.  But what does that look like on the ground?  If it is cut and dry, then why are the same mistakes being made?  What are holes in the education process being missed to adequately train future cultural resource managers?  What are ways we can better train future generations?  Below are three common mistakes seen with the implementation of Tribal consultation pursuant to NHPA and NEPA provided in no order:

Native American Ledger Art: What does it mean to you?

Native American Ledger Art: What does it mean to you?

When I was 14, my mother bought me a book called "The Ledgerbook of Thomas Blue Eagle".  It had a shocking effect on me as I wasn't fully aware of the boarding school situation that Native American's have endured over the last 150 years or so. 

Iconography in Indian Country: How to understand Native American Icons

Iconography in Indian Country: How to understand Native American Icons

When looking at Native artistic expressions, remember it's important to understand the meanings conveyed.  Not all of these expressions are art for art's sake, there are multiple levels of cultural meaning in all Native art.  Take for instance petroglyphs.  Petroglyphs are perhaps our oldest forms of artistic expression.  Petroglyphs are commonly referred to as "rock art" however, Native elders despise this term as it belittles the messages conveyed in the physical creation of the petroglyph.  In fact, petroglyphs were created with purpose versus the perceived decadence of western perceptions towards art. Petroglyphs can have multiple layers of cultural and spiritual meaning. 

How Payus (Snake) saved the waykanash (salmon)

How Payus (Snake) saved the waykanash (salmon)

     Sometimes, it is good to look back at our history to understand what is happening today.  Our oral histories carry warnings on how we should t...

3 Truths Behind TCP Management (Part 1)

3 Truths Behind TCP Management (Part 1)

    This is part one of a three-part series.      Despite the intent and strengths offered by the 1990 publication of National Park Service Bulleti...

The Last Wild Indian: My True Story of Surviving Cultural Genocide

The Last Wild Indian: My True Story of Surviving Cultural Genocide

     I have been fortunate enough to work with various family histories as a way of identifying the significance of specific resources.  I have mad...

Anthropology's points of entry: Are we still goal-posting Natives?

Anthropology's points of entry: Are we still goal-posting Natives?

        Only after I have my computer with two screens, ArcGIS fully-functional, my $15,000 Trimble GPS fully loaded with data, and my SD cards sor...

The Racism in our Shopping: Why We Should Think Critically With Our Pocket Book

The Racism in our Shopping: Why We Should Think Critically With Our Pocket Book

Last week, I received a request to create some graphics for a potential vendor who wants to carry Native Anthro products in their store.  The vend...

10 Things You Didn't Know about Dr. Andrew Fisher

10 Things You Didn't Know about Dr. Andrew Fisher

       Good afternoon!  I thank all for your patience.  I just finished my last birthday cupcake and as a gift to my followers, I decided to try so...

Three common archaeology questions: How to prepare a meaningful response

Three common archaeology questions: How to prepare a meaningful response

Do you work in cultural resource management? Do you find yourself caught off guard with the same concerns from the public regarding your archaeolog...