Taos Archaeological Society
Next Meeting: November 8, 2017 Wednesday
Location: Kit Carson Electric - 118 Cruz Alta Rd, Taos
Date: Nov. 8, 2017 (Wednesday) @ 7:00 PM
Speaker: Michael Burney, Archaeologist
Subject: Ozette, Washington--Excavating a Maritime Makah Whaling Village.
Makah families left the coastal village of Ozette in the 1920s to comply with the federal government's requirement that they send their children to school, and by doing so they ended nearly two thousand years of occupation at this strategic whale- and seal-hunting site on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. Archaeologist Richard Daugherty took note of the site in a survey of the coast in 1947 and later returned at the request of the Makah tribal chairman when storm waves began exposing both architecture and artifacts. Full-scale excavations from 1966 to 1981 revealed houses and their contents―including ordinarily perishable wood and basketry objects that had been buried in a mudflow well before the arrival of Europeans in the region. Led by Daugherty, with a team of graduate and undergraduate students and Makah tribal members, the work culminated in the creation of the Makah Museum in Neah Bay, where more than 55,000 Ozette artifacts are curated and displayed.
Michael Burney: Awarded B.A.in anthropology from the Univ. of Idaho, Moscow and M.A. From the Univ. of Colorado, Boulder. He has worked for a number of native tribes: the Umatilla, Cayuse, and Walla Walla, Oregon; the Rosebud and Yankton Sioux, SD; and Assiniboine/Sioux and Northern Cheyenne, Montana. He continues to advocate for the participation of tribes in Amerca's cultural management (CRM) industry. Michael currently travels with federal law attorney, Gary Montaa, (Standing Rock Sioux, Ft. Yates, ND) teaching archaeological monitoring to tribal members selected by their tribal governments.
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