Toward a just and inclusive environmental archaeology of southwest Madagascar

Kristina Douglass, Eréndira Quintana Morales, George Manahira, Felicia Fenomanana, Roger Samba, Francois Lahiniriko, Zafy Maharesy Chrisostome, Voahirana Vavisoa, Patricia Soafiavy, Ricky Justome, Harson Leonce, Laurence Hubertine, Briand Venance Pierre, Carnah Tahirisoa, Christoph Sakisy Colomb, Fleurita Soamampionona Lovanirina, Vanillah Andriankaja, Rivo Robison

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Abstract

In this paper, we advocate a collaborative approach to investigating past human–environment interactions in southwest Madagascar. We do so by critically reflecting as a team on the development of the Morombe Archaeological Project, initiated in 2011 as a collaboration between an American archaeologist and the Vezo communities of the Velondriake Marine Protected Area. Our objectives are to assess our trajectory in building collaborative partnerships with diverse local, indigenous, and descendent communities and to provide concrete suggestions for the development of new collaborative projects in environmental archaeology. Through our Madagascar case study, we argue that contemporary environmental and economic challenges create an urgency to articulate and practice an inclusive environmental archaeology, and we propose that environmental archaeologists must make particular efforts to include local, indigenous, and descendent communities. Finally, we assert that full collaboration involves equal power sharing and mutual knowledge exchange and suggest an approach for critical self-evaluation of collaborative projects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)307-332
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Social Archaeology
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2019

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  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Archaeology

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Douglass, K., Morales, E. Q., Manahira, G., Fenomanana, F., Samba, R., Lahiniriko, F., Chrisostome, Z. M., Vavisoa, V., Soafiavy, P., Justome, R., Leonce, H., Hubertine, L., Pierre, B. V., Tahirisoa, C., Colomb, C. S., Lovanirina, F. S., Andriankaja, V., & Robison, R. (2019). Toward a just and inclusive environmental archaeology of southwest Madagascar. Journal of Social Archaeology, 19(3), 307-332. https://doi.org/10.1177/1469605319862072