Faculty and Graduate Student Projects

The Cofán Heritage Project: co-founded by Professor of Latin American History James Green, the Cofán Heritage Project aims to gather documentation and raise awareness of the Cofán people’s struggle for survival.

Entangled Legacies Zine: Public Humanities capstone project by Fellow for the Study of the Public History of Slavery, Chandra Marshall (MA ʻ20), focusing on the intersections between African American and Native American histories. Connecting the work of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice with that of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative, Marshall created a committee which guided the project’s scope and connected her to local artists. The artists, Becci Davis, Sherente Harris (Narragansett), Nia Holley (Nipmuc), and Jordan Seaberry ranged from metalworkers to portrait painters. In interviews, Davis, Harris, Holley, and Seaberry reflected on their heritages, possibilities for expanding their work, and hopes for the future. 

Garden Warriors to Good Seeds: Established by Professor Elizabeth Hoover, From Garden Warriors to Good Seeds: Indigenizing the Local Food Movement as a project examines the rise of a Native American local food movement, distinct from the broader movement, and the ways in which concepts of food sovereignty, health promotion, and cultural preservation support this movement.

The Kotyiti Research Project: A research collaboration between Professor Robert Preucel and the Pueblo of Cochiti. It focuses on the meaning and significance of Hanat Kotyiti, a Cochiti Revolt Period village using archaeology, ethnohistory, and oral history. It involves training Cochiti high school interns in basic archaeological methods and theories.

Native Appropriations: Run by Professor Adrienne Keene, Native Appropriations is a forum for discussing representations of Native peoples, including stereotypes, cultural appropriation, news, activism, and more.

PACUNAM LiDAR InitiativeThis project, an international collaboration coordinated in Guatemala, featuring Professor Stephen Houston, uses LiDAR technology to uncover virtually all major cities of Maya civilization in Northern Guatemala. Newly discovered roads, fortifications, waterworks, and areas of unsuspected, dense urbanism promise to revolutionize Maya archaeology. In related fieldwork, it folds in "ground-truthing" and fieldwork, conducted with Prof. Thomas Garrison of Ithaca College, on the newly discovered citadels near Tikal, Guatemala. 

Proyecto Arqueologico Zaña Colonial: Directed by Professor Parker VanValkenburgh, Proyecto Arqueologico Zaña Colonial is a research project investigating the impacts of Spanish colonial forced resettlement (reducción) on landscapes and political subjectivities in Peru’s North Coast region.

Proyecto Paisaje Piedras Negras-Yaxchilan, Guatemala: Co-directed by Andrew Scherer, Charles Golden, and Griselda Pérez Robles, The Proyecto Paisaje Piedras Negras-Yaxchilan is exploring the ancient cultural and natural landscapes of the of the Classic Maya kingdoms (AD 250-900) of Piedras Negras and Yaxchilan. Current fieldwork aims to deepen our knowledge of Maya political history through the comparative study of competing polities in the western Maya lowlands, focusing especially on warfare, economy, and environmental history.

The Right to Food security Sovereignty Project: established by Mariaelena Huambachano, The Right to Food security Sovereignty Project is an international research collaboration with Quechua communities in the region of Lares in Peru, Cofan Amazonian people of Ecuador, and Maori people of Aotearoa New Zealand. By means of an analysis of food-related rights, this research examines the issue of food sovereignty, towards which all of today’s peasant movements, Indigenous peoples, confederations, and unions are working. Cultural and environmental indicators of well-being in agricultural systems, are also examined in association with the global food sovereignty movement advocating for a more democratic and fairer food systems.

Shiprock, the Sacred, and Environmental Justice: The Ancient Echo between People and Place: Mark Cladis is currently exploring the desecration of sacred Navajo sites (especially Tsé Bit' a' i', or Shiprock) and the assault on the health of Navajos by the U.S. government’s pursuit of uranium. His task and challenge is to relate “sacred sites” to environmental justice.