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Date of Award

Winter 2024

Document Type

Masters Thesis

Department or Program Affiliation


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Baloy, Natalie

Second Advisor

Ek, Jerald D.

Third Advisor

Young, Kathleen Z.


This thesis outlines the results of the ethnographic archaeological research on the community-based participatory field school program undertaken in partnership between the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians and Western Washington University–the Stillaguamish-WWU Collaborative Archaeological Field School. The use of an ethnographic reflection of Indigenous and university collaboration offers lessons for institutions teaching archaeology that transform pedagogical practices, uphold Tribal sovereignty, and challenge academic standards to archaeological field schools and research. Goals of this research include exploring the efficacy of methodology implemented within the field school and to create a body of work about the field school that is relevant to the Stillaguamish Tribe and Western Washington University co-directors, along with the field of archaeology and its practitioners. The analysis and application of participant experience supports designing a tribally-minded program and praxis of archaeology the Stillaguamish Way.




Anticolonial archaeology, pedagogy, tribally-minded, Indigenous collaboration, archaeological methods


Western Washington University

OCLC Number


Subject – LCSH

Ethnoarchaeology--Study and teaching (Higher)--Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians of Washington; Ethnoarchaeology--Fieldwork--Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians of Washington; Ethnoarchaeology--Methodology; Archaeology--Study and teaching (Higher)--Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians of Washington; Archaeology--Fieldwork--Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians of Washington; Archaeology--Methodology; Community-based research--Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians of Washington; Fieldwork (Educational method)--Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians of Washington; Community archaeology--Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians of Washington; Stillaguamish Indians; Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians of Washington

Geographic Coverage

Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians of Washington




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