Dr. Paulette Steeves, professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is researching the origin story of native people of this continent and in so doing, also challenging the colonial legacy of archeology. Not surprisingly, the academy resists.
Great read and check out the video, too, where she refers to herself and others as the survivors of forced assimilation. I can't help but think about how our current struggle with the Texas State Board of Education is at once about respect and dignity and "resistance to forced assimilation," as Steeves maintains. After all, most of us who testified in support of Mexican American Studies acknowledge our indigenous ancestry with a similar goal to Steeves of reclaiming our deep and profoundly historic connection to the land.
Thanks to local indigenous elder Alejandro Yolquiahuitl Martinez for sharing.