Aboriginalism and the Problems of Indigenous Archaeology

  title={Aboriginalism and the Problems of Indigenous Archaeology},
  author={Robert McGhee},
  journal={American Antiquity},
  pages={579 - 597}
  • R. McGhee
  • Published 2008
  • History
  • American Antiquity
This paper contends that proponents of various forms of Indigenous Archaeology base their argument on a paradigm of Aboriginal essentialism ("Aboriginalism") that is derived from the long-discarded concept of Primitive Man. The development of Aboriginalism is explored as a mutually reinforcing process between Indigenous and Western scholars, based on evidence that is at best anecdotal. The adoption of this flawed concept by archaeologists, Western publics, and Indigenous people themselves has… Expand
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