Summing Up 7,000 Years of Bay Area History at Tolay or How Will I Ever Get It Done?! Or Responsive Justice Is Never Done!

Lecture | April 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Peter Nelson, University of California, Berkeley, Anthropology Department

 Archaeological Research Facility

From its inception, the Tolay Archaeology Project has been a Community-Based Participatory Research project that adheres to the tenets of responsive justice. Responsive justice stipulates that researchers should recognize the histories of marginalization and trauma in the communities with which they partner, redistribute benefits from their research to community partners, and be accountable and responsive to community partner needs even after a project is completed. In this talk, I will outline the archaeological project that I designed and implemented with the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria to support ecological restoration at Tolay Lake Regional Park in Sonoma County, California. This approach involved establishing and adhering to core research values and working with tribal committees to ensure that the research continues to be relevant and worthwhile to the tribe. I will show through this case how research that is co-produced with Native American communities can lead to richer understandings of the past and can positively impact the lives of many different peoples today.