Year of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Anthropology (Cultural Heritage Option)
Department or School/College
Professor Kelly Dixon
Professor Greg Campbell
Kelly Dixon, Greg Campbell, Chas Robles
Cultural, Heritage, Well-Being, Native American Studies, Conservation
University of Montana
Adult and Continuing Education | Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Social and Cultural Anthropology
This thesis features a case study and research survey to expand awareness of the ways in which Native American communities use and are impacted by culturally specific, relevant, and useful qualities of cultural heritage and cultural resource management (CRM). The case study and survey are framed by theoretical backdrops that include colonialism, post colonialism, and decolonization. Using the Southwest Conservation Corps Ancestral Lands (SCC AL) Program as the subject of this case study, this thesis addresses whether and how participants in the SCC AL Program observed the program’s potential to generate societal benefits that positively influence and/or contribute to individual and community betterment and well-being. To address this research objective, collaborative research methods founded in CRM, yet influenced by the theoretical frameworks such as postcolonialism and decolonization, are used with an aim to produce respectful and equitable research results. In addition- and by default- this thesis used collaborative methods as a study in their own right, exploring how research processes can be equally as valuable and informative as the results they produce. The results of the survey indicate that the SCC AL Program provides tangible and intangible benefits to Native American Conservation Corps participants in terms of individual and community well-being and educational, professional, personal, and economic preparedness. This collaborative research project was carried out with intentions to produce a defendable thesis, support SCC AL’s program model and growth, and contribute to scholarly and applied research relevant to understanding social issues that integrate cultural heritage and well-being.
Machuca, Michaelle Anne, "NATIVE AMERICAN CONSERVATION CORPS PROGRAMS: CULTURAL HERITAGE AS AN APPROACH TO COMMUNITY WELL-BEING" (2019). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 11476.
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