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The Indigenous Paleolithic of the Western Hemisphere by [Paulette F. C. Steeves]

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"The Indigenous Paleolithic of the Western Hemisphere offers a refreshing perspective of the peopling of what was once called the New World."—Justin A. Holcomb and Curtis N. Runnels, Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology Published On: 2022-02-24

"I want people to read this exciting book and challenge our own assumptions about what we know about Indigenous people's past. Reading books such as this one is important if archaeologists are to confront their own troubling history and challenge themselves to tell different stories which celebrate Indigenous people, their land, and their own ideas about where they come from."—Matthew E. Hill, 
Journal of the Iowa Archeological Society

"Unique and thoughtful. . . . This solid narrative of research findings—the first from a Native American perspective—is essential reading."—C. C. Kolb,

“Writing in the vein of scholars such as Vine Deloria Jr., Paulette Steeves’s critique of the ‘Clovis-first’ model of peopling of the Americas both engages with and moves beyond current ideas about how and when people first came to these lands. The research presented in this book questions the ways archaeologists have traditionally constructed narratives of movement and arrival without considering Indigenous ways of knowing. This is an important and timely contribution to the field.”—Kisha Supernant (Métis), associate professor of anthropology at the University of Alberta

“Paulette Steeves decenters Western power and authority over Indigenous thought, voice, inclusion, and history. The result is an act of healing that benefits both Indigenous people and academic scholarship.”—Randall H. McGuire, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at SUNY Binghamton University

“A timely analysis of the ethnocentric influences on past and present scientific inquiry and archaeological practice from the perspective of an Indigenous archaeologist. Steeves brings together a host of voices espousing the importance of contextual relationships in hypothesis development and archaeological analysis.”—Kathleen Holen, director of the Center for American Paleolithic Research

“Written from an essential Indigenous perspective, this insightful book examines the existence of First Peoples in the Western Hemisphere for at least 50,000+ years longer than previously accepted and uncovers the reasons this theory has been dismissed for decades.”—Karla Strand,
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"Paulette Steeves writes this book from a very personal and intimate understanding of the various impacts of Indigenous colonization."—Guadalupe Sánchez, 
American Anthropologist --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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Paulette Steeves (Cree-Métis) is an associate professor of sociology and Canada Research Chair Tier II Indigenous History, Healing, and Reconciliation at Algoma University. She is also an adjunct faculty at Mount Allison University. She is the author of The Indigenous Paleolithic of the Western Hemisphere (Nebraska, 2021). --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08MPP45P5
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ University of Nebraska Press (July 1, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ July 1, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 5131 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
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  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 323 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1496202171
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Paulette Steeves. PhD (Cree- Metis) is an Indigenous archaeologist. She was born in Whitehorse Yukon Territories, and grew up in Lillooet, British Columbia, Canada. She is a first generation college graduate. She began her undergraduate studies as a non-traditional student with a GED (grade 12 equivalency) having not had the opportunity to attend high school. When she began her studies she he was a single parent with three young children. During her first year of college she worked at the University of Arkansas full time, took classes in the afternoon and evenings, and earned a full ride scholarship, and entrance to the honors program in anthropology. Her research is focused on the Pleistocene history of the Western Hemisphere, Indigenous histories, and healing and reconciliation. Steeves argues that Indigenous peoples were present in the Western Hemisphere as early as 100,000 years ago, and possibly much earlier. She has created a database of hundreds of archaeology sites in both North and South America that date from 250,000 to 12,000 years before present, which challenges the Clovis First dogma of a post 12,000 year before present initial migrations to the Americas.

Dr. Steeves received her BA in Anthropology, Honors Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and completed a two year internship with the Quapaw NAGPRA program during her undergraduate studies. In 2008 Dr. Steeves was awarded the Clifford D. Clark fellowship to attend graduate studies at Binghamton University in New York State. Dr. Steeves has taught Anthropology courses with a focus on Native American and First Nations histories, and decolonization of academia and knowledge production. She is currently an Associate Professor in Sociology at Algoma University, and a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous History Healing and Reconciliation .

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