Virtual Events

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2021 Virtual Panel Series Recordings

The C.E Smith Museum of Anthropology invites you to join a series of online panels on the many different facets of preserving and revitalizing cultural values. Our March panel on cultural resource management (CRM) will focus on opportunities for archaeologists and the current state of consulting. Our April panel focuses on the indigenous practice of burning, and cultural fire practices across California. Our May panel will focus on Native American foodways, food sovereignty, and food justice.

Each panel will be around 2 hours long including time for questions. Registration links can be found in each panel’s description. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. We hope to see you at these virtual events! 

These events are free and open to all, but registration is required.

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March 19, 2021 2:00 PM

Cultural Resource Management Panel Discussion

Watch the recording!

Join us to learn about opportunities for archaeologists in cultural resource management (CRM). This virtual event will feature brief presentations, a discussion on the state of consulting, and a chance to speak with representatives from seven CRM firms.
Firms represented include Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Environmental Science Associates, PaleoWest, Cogstone, Albion Environmental, NWB Environmental Services, and Pacific Legacy. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Albert Gonzalez, Cal State East Bay.

For more details please visit the Archaeological Research Facility event page.

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April 9, 2021 12:00 PM

Revitalizing Cultural Fire Across California:

A discussion with Indigenous leaders

Watch the recording!

Indigenous Californians have used cultural burns to mitigate wildfire spread, improve species abundance, and enhance resource quality since time immemorial. However, colonial fire exclusion policies and native land dispossession has hindered the application of cultural fire. As a result, California is experiencing wildfires of abnormal size and severity, and Indigenous communities are struggling to access fire-dependent foods, materials, and medicines critical to their livelihood and spiritual practice.

Please join our panel of Indigenous leaders from across the state to learn about their crucial efforts and the persistent constraints to expanding cultural fire.

For more details please visit our April 2021 event page.

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May 7, 2021 12:00 PM

North American Food:

A discussion of Indigenous Foodways, Food Sovereignty & Food Justice

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Fresh and nutritious food is as essential as water to human life and health. Indigenous peoples across the Americas, however, have been denied the right to control the sources of their own food as well as their own food consumption habits.  Tribal members and people of indigenous heritage in North America are particularly hard hit, as they are often locked in geographic food deserts where gas stations and sub-standard grocery stores filter good nutrition in favor of more profitable processed foods. 

Please join academics and professionals from tribal nations and indigenous heritage communities to discuss the revitalization of indigenous foodways, strategies for achieving food justice, and enabling and limiting factors in the fight for food sovereignty among indigenous populations in North America.

For more details please visit our May 2021 event page.

CSU Council of Archaeologists


The First Annual Spring Symposium

ONLINE ◦ FRIDAY, 23 APRIL 2021 ◦ 9:30 - 4:00

Join us as we showcase faculty, staff, and student research in the CSU system and in a
discussion as to the return of CSU held archaeological materials to California tribes.

For more details, please visit the CSU Council of Archaeologists page.


Cultural Resource Management Panel Discussion

Archaeological Research Facility at UC BerkeleyC. E. Smith Museum of Anthropology, Cal State East Bay,

Revitalizing Cultural Fire Across California: A discussion with Indigenous leaders

Huntington-USC Institute on California and the WestCal State East Bay A2E2, C. E. Smith Museum of Anthropology, Cal State East Bay

Indigenous Foodways

Cal State East Bay A2E2, C. E. Smith Museum of Anthropology, Cal State East Bay


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