Direct Actions and Archaeology

The Lil'wat Peoples Movement to Protect Archaeological Sites

  • Bill Angelbeck Douglas College
  • Johnny Jones Lil'wat Nation
Keywords: direct action, collaborative archaeologies, anarcho-indigenism, heritage protection

Abstract

Direct action has been a key tactic of many social and political movements throughout history. Here, we consider the relevance of direct actions for archaeology, both for heritage protection and other forms of archaeological activism. We also discuss collaborative and community-based archaeologies as direct relationships and actions that can help prefigure the non-colonial relationships between archaeologists, indigenous peoples, and heritage. In the process, we provide a case history of Lil’wat peoples, who continue to exert control over their unceded territory and heritage from development. In recent decades, the Lil’wat Peoples Movement used direct actions in logging road blockades, to stop developments from damaging and destroying archaeological sites, of which Johnny Jones was a member. We also describe our collaborations over the last decade in investigating sites in various capacities. In so doing, we also consider the parallels between indigenous and anarchist approaches in anarcho-indigenist thought.

Author Biographies

Bill Angelbeck, Douglas College

Faculty, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Douglas College

Johnny Jones, Lil'wat Nation

Johnny Jones is a Cultural Technician for the Lil'wat Nation. Department of Lands and Resources, P.O. Box 602, Mount Currie, BC V0N 2K0, Canada.

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Published
2019-01-26
How to Cite
Angelbeck, B., & Jones, J. (2019). Direct Actions and Archaeology. Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, 5(2), 219-229. https://doi.org/10.1558/jca.33578
Section
Anarchy and Archaeology Forum - OPEN ACCESS