Friday, March 30, 2012
Kelly Branam, associate professor of Anthropology at St. Cloud State, was part of a team honored for work at an Archeological Field School at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. Big Horn is home to Crow and other Plains Indians.
“What was unique about this field school was that we incorporated contemporary stakeholders – Crow Indians and Northern Cheyennes – into our project,” Branam said.
Ten St. Cloud State students attended the field school, where they got the chance to excavate archeological sites as well as learn the oral history of the area from native elders. “We got the opportunity to mix archeology and ethnography in one field school,” junior Brandon Miller, Wells, Minn., majoring in Anthropology and Philosophy, said. “Not only did we get to see how people lived hundreds or possibly thousands of years ago, but to also interact with the Crow people and hear the oral history about their ancestors and what the land means to them.”