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Colonialism and Indigeneity

The legacies and current operations of colonialism are central to anthropological inquiries of the modern world past and present. Stanford anthropologists employ self-reflexive and critical epistemologies to trace the legacies of colonialism in anthropological practice and the department has a history of leadership in Unwrapping the Sacred Bundle as reflected in the volume co-edited by Sylvia Yanagisako  In this volume, Yanagisako underlines the role of settler-colonial nationalism in the making of the disciplinary formation of American anthropology. Stanford archaeologist Barbara Voss practice in-depth scholarship on the history and legacy of Spanish colonization of the Americas, situating that research in a comparative transnational framework. (See The Archaeology of Ethnogenesis and The Archaeology of Colonalism by Barbara Voss).