Affiliation: University of Washington and The Burke Museum
Sara Gonzalez works at the intersection of tribal historic preservation, Indigenous Studies, and public history. Her research specifically examines how community-based participatory approaches to research improves the empirical and interpretive quality of archaeological narratives, while also situating archaeology within a more respectful and engaged practice. This involves exploring the diverse applications of minimally invasive field methods and digital media as tools for contributing to the capacity of tribal communities to manage their historic and environmental resources. Centered on her ongoing collaboration with tribal communities in California, Oregon, and Washington, Gonzalez has developed multiple classroom, lab, and field school programs that provide undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to participate directly in research with tribal communities that contributes to their capacity to study, manage, and represent their heritage. She has coauthored numerous journal articles and in 2018 coauthored the book The Archaeology of Metini Village: An Archaeological Study of Sustained Colonialism. She is also an editor for the forthcoming publication Routledge Handbook of the Archaeology of Indigenous-Colonial Interaction in the Americas.