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Master of Arts (MA)
Pine, Judith M. S.
Campbell, Sarah K.
Hammond, Joyce D., 1950-
Images are powerful communicators of ideas because they shape how people perceive and understand the past (Moser 1996, Arnold 2005). It is important to critically look at them with a decolonizing lens to ensure that the artists who make these images and the authors that use them do not imply harmful or disrespectful ideas about the people depicted. For my thesis, I critically examine how archaeologists and other authors present ideas about indigenous Northwest Coast and Coast Salish people’s traditional lifeways through images. By looking at existing images from my perspective as an archaeologist and artist and including perspectives from the Lummi Cultural Resource Preservation Commission, I consider how dominant colonial ideologies have influenced representations of past Northwest Coast and Coast Salish peoples. I have kept these ideas in mind when creating new images of past Coast Salish lifeways inspired by archaeological evidence.
Indigenous, Decolonization, Archaeology, Coast Salish, Northwest Coast, Native, Representation
Western Washington University
Subject – LCSH
Coast Salish Indians--Northwest, Pacific--Social life and customs; Decolonization--Northwest, Pacific
Northwest, Pacific; Lummi Tribe of the Lummi Reservation, Washington
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Franke, Beatrice, "Re-Presenting People: Critically Reviewing Existing Imagery of Traditional Coast Salish Lifeways and Creating New Images" (2022). WWU Graduate School Collection. 1147.