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Bioarchaeology, DNA, and Indigeneity

How is genetic information being used to define—or redefine—identity, ancestry, and diversity? What are the ensuing social, ethical, and practical implications of DNA research for descendent communities, First Nations peoples, and other stakeholders? What are the intersections of genetic and cultural identities? What can research examples such as that of the Kwäday Dän Ts'ìnchi man (Long Ago Person Found) or the Clovis period child from the Anzick site teach us about moving forward with genetic studies through collaborative research?

As archaeologists and anthropologists increasingly turn to genetic information to provide insights into the past, there are important implications for Indigenous peoples today. From genetic ancestry tests that purport to identify “Indigenous ancestry,” to the potential application of ancient DNA analysis to assist with the repatriation of human remains, DNA is changing the way in which identity is constructed—both for ancient and present-day peoples.
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Author: Alexa Walker, Author: George Nicholas, Author: Daryl Pullman, Author: Alan Goodman, Author: Bioarchaeology and Genetics Working Group
Author: Schaepe, David M. , Author: Rowley, Susan, Author: Stó:lō Xyolhmet S’olhetawtxw Sq’éq’ip (Stó:lō House of Respect Committee) Members, Author: Weston, Darlene, Author: Richards, Mike