Looking Back, Looking Forward: Resilience and Persistence in a Klamath Tribal Community
The archaeology and oral history elements that contributed to this work developed from highway construction work funded by the Oregon Department of Transportation, facilitated by Carolyn Holthoff, Tobin Bottman, and Hal Gard.
Journal of Anthropological Archaeology
The process of human culture entails a perpetual negotiation between the familiar and the new. In the Americas, this process was much accelerated and amplified within Native communities by the historical processes of colonization. We use the record of the Beatty Curve archaeological site in south-central Oregon to examine how members of the Klamath Tribes and their ancestors selectively adopted, adapted, or repurposed introduced materials and practices most compatible with traditional lifeways and values while also maintaining many traditional practices, both overtly and covertly. Transformations from pre-contact to reservation life, and through Termination and Restoration in the 20th century, are built on enduring traditions that have carried the Klamath Tribes to the present, and help to articulate the strength, resilience, and pride of heritage that characterizes the modern Klamath community.
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Connolly, T. J., Ruiz, C. L., Deur, D., Chocktoot, P., Kennedy, J. L., Jenkins, D. L., & Knowles, J. A. (2022). Looking back, looking forward: Resilience and persistence in a Klamath tribal community. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 65, 101392.