Archaeologies

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Dreams at the edge of the world and other evocations of o'odham history

  • Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh
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Abstracto

Las personas O'odham, los Tohono O'odham y los Alkimel O'odham tienen una larga historia en los desiertos solitarios del suroeste de América del Norte. Este trabajo es un esfuerzo etnográfico en conjunto que incluye a las personas mayores de los O'odham y los consejeros culturales. Presenta un estudio sobre los motivos por los cuales los lugares ancestrales y antiguos son una parte fundamental de la experiencia O'odham en la actualidad. Al concentrar el estudio en el valle de San Pedro, un área tradicional, que no está bajo el control de los descendientes de los O'odham, podríamos comenzar a entender la compleja relación que une a los indígenas norteamericanos con el entorno que sus antepasados crearon. Las denuncias de la herencia indígena y la necesidad creciente de hacer un balance sobre los valores de los múltiples interesados en el manejo de los recursos culturales son aspectos que toman una importancia inmediata. Yo argumento que los estudiosos necesitan entender mejor los sitions qrqueológicos y sus objetos no sólo por lo que estos puedan cecir sobre el pasado sino también sobre el mundo actual. (O'odham, etnohistoria, herencia, terreno arqueológico, valle de San Pedro).

Résumé

Les peuples O'odhams, Tohono O'odham et Akimel O'odham, ont une longue histoire dans l'austère désert du grand sud-ouest nord américain. issue de la collaboration d'un projet ethnohistorique avec les aînés O'odham et les conseillers culturels, ce travail présente une étude sur les façons selon lesquelles les endroits anciens et ancestraux font partie intégrante de l'expérience actuelle des O'odham. En se concentrant sur la vallée de San Pedro, une région traditionnelle qui n'est plus sous le contrôle des descendants des O'odham, nous pouvons commencer à révéler la complexité des relations qui lient les autochtones américains aux paysages matériels que leurs ancêtres ont créés. Dans le contexte des revendications du patrimoine autochtone et la demande croissante d'ajuster la valeur des enjeux multiples dans la gestion des ressources culturelles, ces questions prennent de l'importance et de l'urgence additionnelles. Je soutiens que les universitaires ont besoin de mieux comprendre les sites archéologiques et les objets, non seulement pour ce qu'ils nous apprennent sur le passé, mais aussi sur ce que ces endroits et ces objets nous apprennent sur notre monde d'aujourd'hui. (mots clés: O'odham, ethnohistoire, patrimoine, archéologie du paysage, la vallée de San Pedro).

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