We Stand on Mohican Lands: Tribal Historic Preservation in Practice Winter 2022

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Students will begin with a brief survey of the history of archaeology ending with Historic Preservation laws and acts in the United States in place to protect and preserve historic places and cultural resources such as the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, particularly Section 106. Through the work of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community Tribal Historic Preservation Office, students will explore how compliance work allows Tribal Historic Preservation Offices ways to preserve significant religious and cultural sites, and at times how these laws fall far short of what they were designed to do. Through case studies and hands on work with archaeological artifact collections associated with actual federal and state undertakings, students will gain knowledge of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Nation Tribal history throughout its ancestral homelands along the Hudson River Valley including here in Berkshire County, from precontact to colonial periods to present day, hands on experience with different artifact types and their analyses, experimental archaeology lab experiences such as flint knapping, and how archaeology can help aid in interpretation and preservation of the Tribe’s cultural heritage. Students will gain an understanding of archaeological methods and theory and how that is carried out under federal and state compliance and preservation laws by a contemporary federally recognized Tribe such as the Stockbridge-Munsee Community.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 10
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: 10-page paper
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: short paragraph about their interest in the course
Unit Notes: Nathan Allison is Tribal Historic Preservation Officer and Archaeologist for the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of the Mohican Nation. His primary focus is on the protection of sites of religious and cultural significance for the Stockbridge-Munsee Community. This protection is carried out through compliance obligations for federal and state undertakings under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and National Environmental Protection Act as well as state and local historic preservation
Materials/Lab Fee: $50

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