The Poeh hosts, “Understanding the Pueblo Revolt & Spanish Reconquest through the Lens of Indigenous Archaeology,” a talk by Joseph R. Aguilar (San Ildefonso Pueblo – Ph.D. Canidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania).
The Pueblo Revolt and Spanish Reconquest were critical moments in Pueblo history that defined the state of Pueblo communities into contemporary times. In the aftermath of the Spanish Reconquest, Pueblo communities settled in the locations that we know today, and a new era of pueblo history was brought forth. Recently, archaeologists and pueblo communities have partnered on projects that investigate the nature of Revolt Era sites on pueblo lands and, have offered new perspectives and interpretations on this critical juncture of history. Advances in archaeological methods and the rise of Indigenous Archaeology have helped lead the growing trend toward an archaeology that incorporates indigenous values and points of view. This presentation will present some of the findings and innovative methods used in Pueblo Revolt Archaeology, and how this research is leading to new conversations and understandings about the Pueblo Revolt.
About the Speaker
Joseph Aguilar is an enrolled member of San Ildefonso Pueblo, and is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. His primary research focuses on the archaeology of the North American Southwest, with a specific interest in Spanish-Pueblo relations during the late 17th century. His general research interests include Indigenous Archaeology, landscape archaeology, and tribal historic preservation. A collaborative research project with San Ildefonso, his dissertation research examines Tewa resistance to the Spanish Reconquest efforts in the latter part of the Pueblo Revolt Era (1680-1696) as evident in the archaeological, historical and, oral records.