African American Narrative From Conversations Between Communities And Experts

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This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land: A Paper on Conflicts and Conversations Between Communities and Experts
An apparent complication with the anthropological study and resource management of certain sites is the impact research has on the narrative it affects, and vice versa. While anthropologists may place value for scientific reasons, other groups may have more personal connections and consequently see values differently; not only that, but groups may have personal knowledge of places and be able to share that with researchers. For example, there are instances where anthropologists have studied cultural sites that pertain to the heritage of African Americans. The main problem that arises is that these are two separate groups; very few anthropologists or archaeologists are African American, so there is danger of researchers engendering inaccurate Eurocentric theories (LaRoche and Blakey, 1997). To combat this, however, site managers have valued the opinions of those with personal or cultural connections to places. The purpose of this paper is to discuss what researchers have learned about the African American narrative from conversations with communities and to discuss the importance the narrative has for theses communities. In order to construct an office building, the United States General Services Administration contracted for the excavation of what was marked on 18th century maps as “Negro Burial Ground,” later renamed “African Burial Ground.” However, this…

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