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date: 09 May 2021

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In spite of its close contact with the material culture of native North Americans, archaeology in North America has historically been divorced from the living inhabitants of the continent. This relationship has been strained from the beginning, but especially so during the 1970s, when “Red Power” injected itself into the archaeological process. There is still an uneasy “truce” between American Indians and archaeologists, but the relationship seems to be growing stronger in general. This article explores some of the issues facing American Indians and archaeologists as each group explores archaeology's relevance, validity, and value.

Keywords: North Americans, archaeological process, American Indians, archaeologists, archaeological cultures, grave diggers

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