SPEAKER EVENT: Quirina Luna Geary on: “Collaborative Paradigms: Enhancing Tribal / Archaeologist Partnerships in Cultural Heritage Protection.”

Join SCAS for a presentation by Quirina Luna Geary on: “Collaborative Paradigms: Enhancing Tribal / Archaeologist Partnerships in Cultural Heritage Protection.”

DATE: Thursday, June 13, 2024

TIME: 7:30 – 8:30 PM (Pacific)

This is a hybrid event! We invite you to join us in-person at the Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA  95060, or via Zoom (see below for Zoom registration form)!

ZOOM REGISTRATION FORM: Santa Cruz Archaeological Society (google.com)

***RSVP for Zoom by 6:30 PM on Thursday, June 13, 2024   *** Or show up to the Resource Center for Nonviolence by 7:30 to join us in-person!

Once you have registered for the event using this form, a link and instructions for joining the virtual event via Zoom will be sent to that email address approximately 1 hour before the event starts.

The preservation of cultural heritage sites holds profound importance for indigenous tribes and archaeological professionals alike, but their perspectives and methodologies can sometimes diverge. This presentation explores strategies for fostering collaboration between tribes and archaeologists to enhance the protection of tribal cultural resources.

Quirina’s talk will outline effective communication strategies, cultural sensitivity training, and the integration of traditional knowledge with scientific methods. Additionally, she will discuss legislative frameworks that support collaborative ventures and will consider future directions for policy that can further empower tribes in the preservation of their cultural heritage. By redefining the dynamics of tribal / archaeologist interactions, this talk aims to propose a model for partnerships that respect tribal sovereignty and archaeological integrity, ensuring that cultural sites are preserved not only for their historical value but as living symbols of cultural identity.

Quirina Luna Geary is an enrolled citizen and Chairwoman of the Tamien Nation, the aboriginal tribe of Santa Clara Valley. She is a board member for the Advocates of Indigenous California Language Survival (AICLS) and studied linguistics at the University of California Davis. She has worked for over 26 years revitalizing the language of her great-grandmother and has coauthored several academic publications, including a dictionary and a 7,000-page text collection. She is part of the larger California Indian Community where she was mentored by traditional cultural leaders for the past 30+ years. She currently lives at the Elem Indian Colony Rancheria in Clearlake Oaks, Lake County, California where she serves as a roundhouse table captain, oversees all meals during traditional cultural ceremonies, and also dances. She is an advocate for the protection and preservation of Tamien cultural and sacred landscapes and has received the KQED American Indian Heritage Local Hero Award for her community service.  Quirina is dedicated to advancing community-based learning approaches that preserve traditional ceremonial practices and Indigenous ways of life and believes her greatest accomplishment is raising her ten children with Indian values, language, and culture. 

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