Residency Reading

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Residency Reading

Today, I finished reading Authentic Indians by historian Paige Raibmon. She notes the difficulty of binary ideas of “authentic” vs. “inauthentic” as a mode of thinking that makes aboriginal cultural practices a part of the past, romantic and always vanishing. In the conclusion, she quotes an aboriginal British Columbia elder saying, “I think sometimes you get fooled into thinking the only way we can be a true Indian is to live how people did 100 years ago… Tradition evolves. It’s ongoing every day.”

Thank you, Dave Ellis, of WCRA who recommended this read.

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Today, I began my artist residency Kunstkammer PDX at the Willamette Cultural Resources Associates offices (archaeology!). Top photo shows my work space and the bottom photo is what my work space looks in on: the field work gear! So cool. Not literally though- the garage space is 90 degrees in this weather so I’ll be going in the mornings, NOT the afternoons when it’s hotter. Very excited about my project.

My workspace at the Willamette Cultural Resources Associates offices.

My workspace at the Willamette Cultural Resources Associates offices.

I look into the archaeologist's field work gear area!

I look into the archaeologist’s field work gear area!