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Ian Kretzler

Ian graduated with a BA in Anthropology from Whitman College in 2012 and received an MA from UW in 2014. His research focuses on the development of indigenous and community-based archaeologies in the Pacific Northwest. For the last three years, he has worked with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Historic Preservation Office on two heritage-related projects. The first, the Grand Ronde Land Tenure Project, focuses on the intersecting political and cultural processes that structured individuals' relationship to land on the Grand Ronde Reservation. The second, Field Methods in Indigenous Archaeology, is a community-based training program that uses archaeological education and investigation to enhance the capacity of historic preservation staff to care for reservation cultural resources.

Archaeology PhD student
On digital technologies in archaeology...

Digital technologies support the development of indigenous archaeological approaches that privilege community-specific cultural protocols and ways of knowing. Community-driven GIS, low-impact field strategies, and oral history story maps have been employed by Grand Ronde and other tribal nations to counter the legacies of state-sponsored removal and strengthen ties to ancestral places and practices. As part of these efforts, I use digital technologies to recover the stories of reservation families omitted from documentary accounts. This helps correct narrative imbalances--Grand Ronde histories have relied primarily on the perspectives of non-Native outsiders--and assists historic preservation staff by identifying locations that may contain archaeological sites. 

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