Stewart Indian School in Carson City, Nevada was established in 1890 as a federally mandated residential school that attempted to remove Native children from approximately 200 Tribal communities and assimilate them into mainstream society.
Dr. Sarah Cowie will discuss collaborative efforts using archaeology, historical documents, and oral history to examine the continued effects of removal and attempted assimilation of Native communities in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century as well as the threat of cultural erasure posed by removal of artifacts from the site.
Collaborating with young people and elders from several Tribes helped to decolonize research, enrich interpretations and preservation efforts at this site, and demonstrate the knowledge and resilience of communities whose voices should be influential in archaeological research.
Sarah Cowie is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Nevada-Reno. Her research and teaching interests include the archaeology of laboring communities, social theories of power relations, and collaborative archaeology with American Indian communities. She earned her B.A. in Archaeology from Mount Holyoke College, her M.S. in Industrial Archaeology from Michigan Technological University, and her Ph.D. in Anthropology from University of Arizona. In 2016, she received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from President Obama.
This event is sponsored by the Mount Holyoke College Department of History, the Mount Holyoke College Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the Smith College Department of Anthropology, the UMass Amherst Department of Anthropology, the Five College Lecture Fund, and the Five College Native American & Indigenous Studies Program.