The Navajo Nation, Diné Archaeologists, Diné Archaeology, and Diné Communities

Kerry F. Thompson

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There are several major considerations for the Navajo Nation that foreground questions of inclusion in public archaeology. The traditional Diné view of archaeological remains requires an evaluation of the public archaeologist's notion of inclusion of Diné communities in archaeological research. Archaeological work on the Navajo Nation is also often a source of frustration for Diné communities because a shortage of human and monetary resources slows the pace of legislated archaeological compliance, in turn, slowing down vital housing and road infrastructural development. Finally, for Diné archaeologists, the structure of project development is not necessarily conducive to the creation of an intellectual foundation for Diné archaeology or community engagement in archaeological research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)502-517
Number of pages16
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 2011


  • Archaeology
  • Community
  • Diné
  • Navajo

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology


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