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Reach Inside Your Heart and Help: Frankie J. Gilmore (Navajo)

Interview discussing theft and vandalism on archaeological sites on American Indian Tribal lands and how to overcome it.

Frankie J. Gilmore, artist and member of the Navajo Nation, discusses his feelings about the desecration of ancestral places, the importance of education to counteract looting, and how listening can lead to greater understanding.

The Power of Ancestral Sites: Comments from Verlon Jose, Tohono O’odham Nation

When more than 100 ancient footprints were discovered in a 3,000-year-old agricultural field in Tucson, Arizona, Tribal members of all ages visited the archaeological site. In this video, Verlon Jose, former Vice Chairman of the Tohono O’odham Nation, expresses how these places confirm traditional teachings, encourage multi-generational learning, and stimulate conversations in the community. (Videography and editing by Bicktorious Media LLC. Additional video courtesy of Pima County. Learn more here).

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“The Meaning of the Past”: Hopi Migration Traditions and Archaeology with Lyle Balenquah

Lyle Balenquah, Hopi archaeologist, ethnographer, and educator, discusses how the past contributes meaning to the present. For Indigenous youth, firsthand experiences of sites on ancestral lands can help build a better understanding of where they came from and where they’re going.

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“They Are Still Here”: Hopi Migration Traditions and Archaeology with Lyle Balenquah

Lyle Balenquah, Hopi archaeologist, ethnographer, and educator, tells a story about a surprise visit from his paternal grandmother and uncle while he worked at Wupatki National Monument. He shares some of his grandmother’s observations about the site. “This is who we are—this is who you are.”

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