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Carlton Gover

University of Colorado Boulder

Carlton Gover is a Citizen of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma pursuing his Ph.D. in Anthropology with a subfield emphasis in archaeology. He received his M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Wyoming and his B.S. in Anthropology from Radford University. His research utilizes Pawnee, Arikara, and Wichita oral traditions, regarding population movement and social change, as foundational evidence for interpreting the late-prehistoric archaeological record. Carlton is also the Board Secretary for the Museum of the Pawnee Nation Board of Directors, a host on the A Life in Ruins Podcast, and a Research Associate for Нова археологічна школа (New Archaeological School) in Ukraine.


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Devin Pettigrew

University of Colorado Boulder

Devin Pettigrew studies ancient hunting weaponry and tactics through experimental archaeology, reverse engineering, and stone tool analysis.

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Emily Van Alst

Indiana University Bloomington

Emily Van Alst is of Sihasapa Lakota descent. She graduated from Yale University in 2016 with a double major in archaeology and anthropology. She is currently a PhD student at Indiana University. Her research focuses on indigenous women's participation in the creation and use of rock art in the pre-colonial and colonial periods on the Northwest Plains. She uses the lenses of indigenous archaeology, gender, and community based practices to frame her work within a broader social context.

In addition to researching and teaching, she currently serves on the Diversity and Inclusion Action and Advisory Committee for the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University. Specifically, on issues of graduate student programming including diversity training and diversifying syllabi. She also works with the IU/MSI STEM program to work with Salish Kootenai Tribal College and the Indigenous Research Center to create an indigenous focused rock art and hydrology archaeology field school. 

She is currently writing about the connections and intersections of traditional art (rock art, quillwork, and beadwork) and indigenous futurisms.


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Danielle Soza

University of Arizona

Danielle is an anthropological archaeologist with broad interests in hunter-gatherer complexity and the mobile household.

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Rachel Thimmig

Brown University

Rachel is a former SMU student, now at Brown University studying Collaborative Indigenous archaeology, North American Great Plains, Reservation and Allotment Period Archaeology, and historical archaeology.


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