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The Sound of Silence

Indigenous Perspectives on the Historical Archaeology of Colonialism

Edited by Tiina Äikäs and Anna-Kaisa Salmi
Afterword by Alistair Paterson and Shino Konishi

236 pages, 35 illus., blbliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-329-5 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (September 2019)

eISBN 978-1-78920-330-1 eBook

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“The volume offers nuanced ways of understanding cultural contact and power relations in colonial encounters, which make a significant contribution to historical and postcolonial archaeology.” • Primtive Tider


Colonial encounters between indigenous peoples and European state powers are overarching themes in the historical archaeology of the modern era, and postcolonial historical archaeology has repeatedly emphasized the complex two-way nature of colonial encounters. This volume examines common trajectories in indigenous colonial histories, and explores new ways to understand cultural contact, hybridization and power relations between indigenous peoples and colonial powers from the indigenous point of view. By bringing together a wide geographical range and combining multiple sources such as oral histories, historical records, and contemporary discourses with archaeological data, the volume finds new multivocal interpretations of colonial histories.

Tiina Äikäs is a post-doctoral researcher at Archaeology, University of Oulu, Finland, and Docent in Archaeology, University of Helsinki, Finland. She specializes in Sámi archaeology, with a special interest in Sámi sacred places and their use from the Iron Age to contemporary times. She has also published on contemporary meanings and uses of heritage and on post-colonial archaeology in several international journals.

Anna-Kaisa Salmi is a post-doctoral researcher in Archaeology, University of Oulu, Finland, and an Academy Research Fellow of the Academy of Finland. She has published widely on post-Medieval zooarchaeology, the archaeology of the Sámi animal-offering tradition and human-reindeer relationships. Her research has focused on foodways, human-animal and human-environmental relationships in the north and reindeer domestication.

Subject: ArchaeologyColonial HistoryMemory StudiesAnthropology (General)


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