Kenote Address


Keynote Public Lecture: Kisha Supernant

Métis/Papaschase/British; Director, Institute of Prairie and Indigenous Archaeology and Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Alberta, Canada

From Science to Service: Using Archaeology for Reclamation and Restorative Justice

Saturday, October 8, 2022, 7:00-8:30PM

Location: Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium (KG70), Klarman Hall & Zoom webinar

This keynote event is free and open to the public. It is part of Frontiers in Archaeological Sciences 3: Rethinking the Paradigm (October 7-9, 2022), hosted by the Archaeological Science Group at Cornell, the Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Materials Studies (CIAMS), and the CIAMS Anti-Racism and Anti-Colonialism Interest Group. If you are unable to attend in-person and/or would like to attend the keynote lecture via Zoom webinar, please register at this link.

Please contact for any special arrangements you may require in order to attend this event.


Archaeology in North America has long been associated with colonial, extractive practices, where the materials, landscapes, and bodies of Indigenous people were seen as specimens and objects of study for archaeological science. The long-standing and ongoing critique of archaeology by Indigenous and other systemically excluded voices has led to changes in archaeological sciences, but the harmful legacy of past research has not always been adequately addressed. In this talk, I explore how archaeologists are using archaeological science as service to reorient their work toward reclamation and restorative justice. Drawing on case studies from my own work with Indigenous communities in Canada, I explore how taking a heart-centered approach can transform archaeology from an extractive practice to a restorative one.

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Keynote Public Lecture: Kisha Supernant