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Finding the Good Path: Resolving Fundamental Ethics Issues in Anthropology

Northeast Anthropological Association virtual hosts on April 28th, 2022 at 7 pm

On March 28, 2022, the American Anthropological Association apologized “for the Field’s Legacy of Harm. For decades anthropologists exploited Indigenous peoples in the name of science. Now they are reckoning with that history.” Anthropology in America is founded in eugenics and supremacism, along with icons like The Smithsonian Institute and American Museum of Natural History.

To find the intercultural good path we will look at current cases in our region, where we can learn what it means to move in the space of culture ethically. Archaeology is the lens for our visit to Kwenitekwut and our deep Archaic past. Biological anthropology is our sample for DNA and the genetics of migration and descendancy. Cultural anthropology is our landscape for understanding ceremonial stone spaces. Linguistics is our text for reviewing identity and social structure of Great Rivers Intervale Native nations.

Presented by Nohham Cachat-Schilling, Chair, M.E.A.S.

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Nohham Cachat-Schilling is Chair of Massachusetts Ethical Archaeology Society and presented for NEAA in 2017, Eastern States ArchAeological Federation American Society for Ethnohistory in 2018, IAIS in 2020, 2022, etc. Ethnobotany, traditional narrative and the archaeology of Northeastern North American ceremonial spaces are their focus, as published in Northeast Anthropology, Bulletin of Archaeology Society of Connecticut, Massachusetts Archaeological Society, etc. Nohham is a former Chair of the Western Chapter of Massachusetts Archaeological Society. Recent and upcoming publications inlcude chapters for two upcoming books in the University of Arizona Press Native Peoples of the Americas series, and "Decolonizing Our Story: Indigenous Peoples of the Great Rivers Intervale, an Onomastic and Identity Review" (now accessible at

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