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IntroductionThe following is a review of Indigenous Archaeologies Decolonizing Theory and Practice an edited collection that is focused on highlighting major themes relevant to the discussion of collaborative archaeological practice Indigenous Archaeologies was collected and edited by Smith and Wobst 2005 in order to address the development of a major trend in archaeology the decolonization of archaeological practice In their introduction Smith and Wobst suggest this book can be seen as a direct response to the view that archaeology is at heart a colonialist endeavor a discipline that is rooted in and perpetuates the values of Western culturesWhile archaeologists worldwide are beginning to recognize the rights and responsibilities of descendant communities there remains a distinct power imbalance between archaeologists and the descendant communities whose ancestors they study The authors of this book argue that archaeology must become decolonized if we are to redress these power imbalances From this notion the concept of Indigenous archaeologies was born At the time of its publication the authors who contributed to this book did not have a definition for Indigneous archaeologies Since then Nicholas 2008 has developed a well-cited definition of the termAn expression of archaeological theory and practice in which the discipline intersects with Indigenous values knowledge practices ethics and sensibilities and through collaborative and community-originated or directed projects and related critical perspectives Indigenous archaeology seeks to 1 make archaeology more representative of relevant for and responsible to Indigenous communities 2 redress real and perceived inequalities in the practice of archaeology and 3 inform and broaden the understanding and interpretation of the archaeological record through the incorporation Aboriginal worldviews histories and science p 1660The authors of this edited volume collectively argue that the practice of archaeology is fundamentally wrong if it is not a decolonizing archaeology But how does one decolonize archaeology To dialogue with this question we explore concepts of power ownership language ethics and dilemmas as they are engaged within Indigenous Archaeologies In doing so we
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