A Session at 104th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), Mariott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington D.C., on November 30-December 4, 2005

Session Title:

Bringing the Past into the Present: A Forum on the Ancient One and the Future of Anthropology

Session Abstract:

This session marks the release of a new book, Kennewick Man: Perspectives on the Ancient One (AltaMira Press 2005). Like the book, this session serves as an international forum for Western and non-Western, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, academics and professionals, whose work has been impacted by the Ancient One. The goal of this session is to chart how the Ancient One and Bonnichsen et al. v. United States affects the social and professional lives of Indigenous peoples and anthropologists throughout the world, and how these changes will alter the practice of anthropology with Indigenous communities in the immediate future.

The theme for the 104th AAA Annual Meeting is Bringing the Past into the Present. The Ancient One court case is a superb exemplar of how traditional people and scientists value the past as constructive information for the present. The legal battle over the Ancient One -that continues to this day in the U.S. Congress and the federal court system-serves to chart the past, present, and future of anthropology. The Ancient One is associated with several important late 20th century historical trends that significantly contribute to the contemporary discourse on the religious rights of Native Americans, the peopling of Native America, the viability of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), the ethics of anthropological science, and the politics of the past. The Ancient One is the remains of a person significant to Native Americans and other Indigenous peoples worldwide.

The site where the Ancient One was unearthed on July 28th, 1996 represents for Native Americans a sacred burial ground and the site of an exceptional struggle for cultural sovereignty. While the discovery of the Ancient One has become the center of a struggle between a small group of forensic anthropologists and archaeologists and a coalition of five Native American tribes, the responses of anthropologists, Indigenous peoples, and Indigenous anthropologists at this precious moment will affect the science and social justice of peoples throughout the world.

Drawing upon archaeological, legal, and Indigenous perspectives, this session will use critical and engaged responses to survey the fault lines between anthropologists and Indigenous peoples that have splintered and deepened in the course of Bonnichsen et al. v. United States. In addition to perspectives on the future of anthropology, presentations will explore how the Ancient One dispute affects Indigenous people working for repatriation in traditional territories and how the Ancient One debates serve to re-colonize or de-colonize Indigenous peoples everywhere. We invite analysis of changes to Indigenous and scientific methodologies for interpreting, curating, managing, and protecting cultural heritage. By presenting varied perspectives, this session hopes to mirror the multiple ways that the numerous constituencies of anthropology value, and seek to control, the past.

Book signing and a book release party will follow the session.

Please send your 250-word abstract, ideas, or questions to Adam Fish at adam@landarte.org and love4wisdom@hotmail.com absolutely no later than Friday, March 25, 2005. You should include your multimedia needs, affiliation, and contact information. You will be notified if your paper has been accepted by March 29, 2005.

Please visit the Ancient One web page at the Center for Landscape & Artefact () on and after March 29, 2005 to read the abstracts and selected papers. This website will serve as an up-to-date reference point for all session-related times/dates and will host a digital video-log of each participants' presentation after the conference.

Session Organizers: Adam Fish, Claire Smith, Larry Zimmerman

Session Organizers contacts:

Adam Fish, Executive Director, Center for Landscape & Artefact www.landarte.org love4wisdom@hotmail.com 21223 Marine View Dr. Seattle, WA 99816, Ph: 1 206 824 7915 /cla_adam.htm

Till April 1, 2005: adam@landarte.org 201, Columbia River Ave Coulee Dam, WA 99116 Ph: 1 206 824 8306

Claire Smith, PhD President, World Archaeological Congress, Department of Archaeology, Flinders University, GPO Box 2100, Adelaide, SA. 5001. Australia Ph: 61 (0)8 8201 2336 Fax: 61 (0)8 8201 3845 Claire.Smith@flinders.edu.au http://www.worldarchaeologicalcongress.org

Till July, 2005 Department of Anthropology, Columbia University, 1200 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10027 Room 964, Schermerhorn Extension Ph: 1 212 854 7465 Fax: 1 212 854 7347

Larry J. Zimmerman, PhD, RPA Professor of Anthropology & Museum Studies, Public Scholar of Native American Representation, Department of Anthropology, 434 Cavanaugh, IUPUI 425 University Blvd. Indianapolis, IN 46202 Ph: 1 317 274 2383 larzimme@iupui.edu


AAA 104th Annual Conference [+] Center for Landscape & Artefact [+] World Archaeological Congress [+] Kennewick Man Virtual Interpretive Center [+] University of Washington's Kennewick Man Virtual Exhibit [+] U.S. National Park Service: Kennewick Man [+] Center for the Study of the First Americans [+] World Archaeological Congress Position on the Ancient One [+]

Participants' Abstracts [+] Participants' Papers [+] Participants' Presentations (digital video) [+]