Northern Nevada is a landscape of extremes, from parched playas baking in the summer sun to snow-mantled peaks wrapped in winter’s deep freeze. Through this landscape a new gas pipeline would have to be built, but before construction could begin, archaeological studies would have to be completed along the entire route. Far Western Anthropological Research Group hired members of the region’s Paiute and Shoshone tribal communities and trained them as archaeologists to assist in the mapping, recording and excavation of archaeology sites located on their ancestral lands. For many, working as archaeologists was a life-changing event. Their understanding of their history grew, their attitudes towards archaeology changed and they experienced moments of profound spirituality. This is their story.
Screening time: Sunday, May 17, 4:15 pm (Session 8)
Length: 33 min.
Director: Phil Gross
Producer: Kelly McGuire; William Hildebrandt and D. Craig Young
Producer Web site: cinnabarvideo.com
Distributor: Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc. And Cinnabar Video
Distributor Web site: farwestern.com