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Ndee (Apache) Archaeology

John R. Welch, Sarah A. Herr and Nicholas C. Laluk

in The Oxford Handbook of Southwest Archaeology

Published in print October 2017 | ISBN: 9780199978427
Published online September 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780190669942 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199978427.013.26

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Ndee (Apache) Archaeology

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Despite abundant historical interest in Apache subjugation and early reservation periods, Apache persists as a lacuna in Southwest archaeology. Vexing conceptual and practical challenges to site identification and analyses, coupled with a lack of research specifically focused on Apache histories, regions, and material cultures, have retarded the creation of archaeological knowledge comparable or even complementary to the richness and diversity of Apache oral traditions and ethnographies. These challenges are being confronted as archaeologists integrate ethnographic data and collaborations with Apache culture bearers and community leaders to address Apache chronologies, identities and ethnogeneses, landscapes, and heritages. This chapter selectively reviews Southern Athapaskan culture history and previous research, then provides a data-based discussion of pre-reservation Western Apache archaeology. The conclusion recommends problem-focused and collaborative studies of interest to both Apache and academic scholars.

Keywords: Athapaskan; Apache; Southwest; archaeology; ethnography

Article.  6829 words. 

Subjects: North American Archaeology

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