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The field of archaeology has lacked diversity. How Black, Indigenous voices are making their marks

Archaeologists are tasked with exploring the history of civilizations and those who lived in them — including humans and animals. But the field itself, and, therefore, often the subsequent stories that are told, hasn’t been dominated by people of color. And that can commonly mean that some stories are not being told, or if they are, the authenticity may be lacking.

This season, the podcast Sapiens attempts to remedy that to some extent. One of its hosts, Ora Marek-Martinez of Northern Arizona University, is a citizen of the Dine Nation, and she’s helping the podcast focus on Indigenous voices in archaeology. 

The Show spoke with her to learn about the podcast and when she determined archaeology was an ideal way to tell the stories of Indigenous people.

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