Local descendant communities and Indigenous nations continue to be at the center of heritage preservation efforts. While their methods are not always recognized by academic or governmental organizations, they employ innovative and culturally-appropriate ways of caring for and keeping alive their heritage in all its manifestations. This panel is composed of leading Indigenous and Black activists, scholars, and community organizers, providing a renewed focus on contemporary conservation practices, historytelling, and ways of being in the world.
Erik Denson, Board Member and Lead Instructor, Diving with a Purpose
Judy Dow (Abenaki), Executive Director, Gedakina
Frandelle Gerard, Executive Director, CHANT (Crucian Heritage and Nature Tourism Foundation)
Octavius Seowtewa (A:shiwi), Zuni Cultural Resources Advisory Team
Moderated by Reno Franklin (Kashia Band of Pomo Indians), Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Estom Yumeka Maidu Tribe
CART captioning provided by Lori Stavropoulos
Sponsored by the Society of Black Archaeologists, Indigenous Archaeology Collective, Archaeological Research Facility at U.C. Berkeley, Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and SAPIENS