Expert Staff Highlight: Darsita North

May 14, 2021

Darsita North - Laboratory Director

PaleoWest Phoenix’s Laboratory Director, Darsita North, co-authored and published a paper entitled “Past, Present, and Future of Archaeological Legacies: Reassessing the Chavez Pass Burial Collections for NAGPRA Repatriation.” This paper was recently published by the University of Colorado Press in a volume titled “Engaged Archaeology in the Southwestern United States and Northwestern Mexico.” This paper is a product of Ms. North’s presentation at the 2015 Southwest Symposium. 

Ms. North was recently involved in a comprehensive effort to thoroughly document and repatriate human burials and associated funerary objects that were originally recovered from 1976 through 1982 by Arizona State University archaeologists to the Hopi Tribe, Pueblo of Zuni, and other affiliated tribes. A diverse team of physical anthropologists, archaeologists, and archivists used original site records, maps, specimen logs, museum catalogs, photographs, and reports to reexamine the Chavez Pass Site Nuvakwewtaqa burial collection.

The return of artifacts to the tribes was completed under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and supported by funding from the USDA Forest Service Southwest Regional Office and Coconino National Forest.

Let's Talk

Fill in the form below to get in touch with one of our experts in your area.