The Journey Home - Guiding Intangible Knowledge Production in the Analysis of Ancestral Remains

Stó:lo Natio, Archaeology, University of British Columbia, Museums, Repatriation
Stó:lo, Archaeology, Ancestral Remains, Museums, Repatriation,

This study, co-developed by David Schaepe, Director, Stó:lo Research and Resource Management Centre and Susan Rowley, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, stems from the Journey Home Project, a repatriation of ancestral remains from the UBC Lab of Archaeology (LOA) to the Stó:lo Nation of southwestern B.C. 

For the Stó:lo, knowing as much as possible about these ancestors informs their process. How can scientific research address Stó:lo questions and aid this repatriation? Opportunity recently arose for scientific study, stimulating a Stó:lo-LOA dialogue touching on multiple issues of scientific process, knowledge production and intellectual property. What types of anthropological research and scientific analyses can be applied to answer community-based questions? What are the details and cultural implications of analyses — both destructive and non-destructive? Who decides which questions to ask and which means of research to implement? Who interprets the results? Who owns those data? How do ‘scientific’ and ‘cultural’ ways of knowing relate? Who is allowed to share in and benefit from this knowledge? These questions are central to the Stó:lo ’s relationship with both their ancestors and LOA.

This study aims to provide guidelines for generating knowledge within a mutually acceptable framework of authority, control, and use. These critical issues are at the forefront of our conversations as we work together to complete The Journey Home.

Ancestors in boxes (photo: David Campion, 2010).

Research Themes

This theme brings together discussions and resources addressing the rapidly developing ethical dimensions of genetic research.

Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) methods engage communities in all aspects of the research process. 

Anthropology News
George Nicholas, Alexa Walker, Alan Goodman
Susan Rowley, David Schaepe, Megan Davies
IPinCH Fall Gathering
Documenting, Preserving and Perpetuating Cultural Heritage Landscapes: A Stó:lo Example
David Schaepe
Indigenous Heritage and Tourism: Succession & Creation of Living Heritage, Sapporo, Japan
George Nicholas
American Anthropological Association Conference, Session: Reversing the Legacy of Colonialism in Heritage Research (Montreal, Quebec)
Constructive Engagement: Aboriginal and Scientific Communities in Collaboration
Alison Wylie, George Nicholas, Sonny McHalsie, Dave Schaepe, Laura Arbour, Doris Cook and L. Fortmann (panelists)
Objectivity in Science Public Panel, UBC (Vancouver, BC)
David Schaepe
IPinCH WG, SC, and Advisors Meeting
Videos & Podcasts
Dave Schaepe (Photo: Cornelia Naylor, Vancouver Sun)

In this lecture, Dave Schaepe discusses archaeological and heritage landscape management in B.C., drawing on his experience working closely with the Stó:lo Nation in Chilliwack.