Happy Thanksgiving, ya bunch of Turkeys! This holiday is a time when people recite nationalist fairy tales. Take a moment to learn about the indigenous peoples of the United States, acknowledge what they’ve been through, and make space for their voices. I acknowledge the Multnomah and Chinookan people of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. They are a testament to resilience and resistance against genocide and settler colonialism in one of the largest urban centers in North America.
These things are time sensitive but if you’re reading this in time, then LET’S DO SOME DIRECT ACTION, Y’ALL!
Our National Parks are in trouble and so are we. In a nutshell:
- NPS employees have a huge backlog of maintenance tasks and not enough funding, resources, or personnel to do them
- The Trump administration proposes a park entry fee hike to cover the funding gap. Funding parks is good and we should do that – but the way they’re going about it is craven, disgusting, and disingenuous.
- They’re placing the burden on consumers – people visiting parks – to pick up the slack for an administration that has demonstrated time and again they want to concentrate wealth for elites and punish the middle and working classes.
- It’s a band-aid that will never stick.
- It will directly limit chances for students, families, and travelers.
- The administration wants to let unsustainable, extractive industries ransack parks for natural resources and this is a clear play in that direction.
- Go online – https://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?documentID=83652 – remind links are in show notes at godigahole.com
- Comments open until Dec 22 – tell them it’s a bad idea.
- If the rate hike does go through, the annual parks pass will be the way to go – instead of paying $70 or more to enter a single park for a single day, you’ll be able to pay $80 for the whole year to enter all the parks.
Our Internet is also in trouble. If you enjoy free, independent podcasts like Go Dig a Hole, the proposed repeal of Net Neutrality is going to bum you out. It’s not just a despicable authoritarian power grab that limits free speech on the internet, it will dramatically decrease communication, innovation, and information while consolidating power and wealth. Millions have already spoken up about it and apparently that’s not enough to stop the FCC. Cool. Don’t let that happen. Call your representatives and demand they reject the repeal of Net Neutrality.
Assuming our internet doesn’t slide farther into the hellworld timeline, online tools are good for archaeology. I recently gave a paper at the annual Chacmool conference on this and there, I focused on the teaching aspects of using podcasts, blogs, and social media for archaeology. So, I’ll share some of that here as well as relate it to students and professionals.
Stay tuned for a deep dive into this subject with an upcoming publication, but this episode is just a brief solo discussion on podcasts, blogs, and social media, and their usefulness in communicating archaeology.
“Join the Battle for Net Neutrality” https://www.battleforthenet.com
“The Native American Community in Multnomah County: An Unsettling Profile” https://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/article/505489
“NPS PEPC – Fact Sheet and Current and Proposed Fee Rates” https://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?documentID=83652
“Native American Cultures” National Geographic https://www.nationalgeographic.org/photo/native-american-cultures/
“Community of Inquiry” https://coi.athabascau.ca
Heritage Voices podcast https://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/heritagevoices/
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