Annie Danis

Collaborative Research and Creative Practice at Pueblo de Abiquiú, NM

My 2017 Stahl Award support my dissertation research exploring creative methods for community engaged research in anthropology and archaeology. Specifically this award supported my dissertation fieldwork exploring the historic cultural watershed of the Pueblo de Abiquiú, New Mexico. As part of the long-term Berkeley Abiquiú Collaborative Archaeology project, this research crew out of a collaboration between the Merced del Pueblo de Abiquiú, the Pueblo de Abiquiú Library and Cultural Center, and myself to investigate historic and continually used acequia irrigation ditches from the founding of the Land Grant in 1754 to the present. The founding community of Abiquiú was comprised of Genízaro individuals of indigenous heritage who had been indentured servants in Spanish households. This project expands on previous summer’s excavations on the Pueblo’s plaza to investigate uniquely Genízaro forms of water management and land-use. The research integrates survey, geoarchaeology, GIS, and creative representation as part of community engaged research with a range of collaborators and community members including high school interns and the Santa Fe Art Institute.

Research Date: 
2017