Finding Russia in Botswana: AIDS, Archaeology, and the Power of the Ancestors

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    • Publication Information:
      Published
    • Publication Information:
      Springer US
    • Publication Date:
      2017
    • Abstract:
      The materialization of memory is one way in which the past becomes a powerful agent for negotiating the present. Today in Botswana, archaeological sites have become sites of memory where ancestors have been invoked for healing in response to the rapid spread of HIV/AIDS. This paper concentrates on one site, Khubu la Dintša, where a local community practiced an ancestral healing ceremony, phekolo, as a way to restore spiritual balance. Told through a set of narratives that integrate ethnographic interviews with one of the former church elders, Russia, the article chronicles the trajectory of the church, the perceived power and active role of the ancestors in this ceremony, and the complex web of morality and practicality in which alternative narratives emerge during a time of social disruption and later fall apart. This paper complements the others in this issue by focusing on how memory, place, time, and material culture are recursively engaged: a process that includes formal and accepted to marginal and even ephemeral viewpoints and holds lessons for how we as archaeologists approach and curate the past.
    • Author Affiliations:
      Aff1Department of Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis
    • ISSN:
      1072-5369
      1573-7764
    • Accession Number:
      10.1007/s10816-017-9318-2
    • Rights:
      2017, Springer Science+Business Media New York
    • Accession Number:
      edssjs.6179DE8C
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      KLEHM, C. E. Finding Russia in Botswana: AIDS, Archaeology, and the Power of the Ancestors. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, [s. l.], v. 24, n. 1, p. 28, 2017. DOI 10.1007/s10816-017-9318-2. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=edssjs&AN=edssjs.6179DE8C. Acesso em: 18 set. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Klehm CE. Finding Russia in Botswana: AIDS, Archaeology, and the Power of the Ancestors. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory. 2017;24(1):28. doi:10.1007/s10816-017-9318-2
    • APA:
      Klehm, C. E. (2017). Finding Russia in Botswana: AIDS, Archaeology, and the Power of the Ancestors. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, 24(1), 28. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10816-017-9318-2
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Klehm, Carla E. 2017. “Finding Russia in Botswana: AIDS, Archaeology, and the Power of the Ancestors.” Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 24 (1): 28. doi:10.1007/s10816-017-9318-2.
    • Harvard:
      Klehm, C. E. (2017) ‘Finding Russia in Botswana: AIDS, Archaeology, and the Power of the Ancestors’, Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, 24(1), p. 28. doi: 10.1007/s10816-017-9318-2.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Klehm, CE 2017, ‘Finding Russia in Botswana: AIDS, Archaeology, and the Power of the Ancestors’, Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, vol. 24, no. 1, p. 28, viewed 18 September 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Klehm, Carla E. “Finding Russia in Botswana: AIDS, Archaeology, and the Power of the Ancestors.” Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, vol. 24, no. 1, 2017, p. 28. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1007/s10816-017-9318-2.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Klehm, Carla E. “Finding Russia in Botswana: AIDS, Archaeology, and the Power of the Ancestors.” Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 24, no. 1 (2017): 28. doi:10.1007/s10816-017-9318-2.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Klehm CE. Finding Russia in Botswana: AIDS, Archaeology, and the Power of the Ancestors. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory [Internet]. 2017 [cited 2020 Sep 18];24(1):28. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=edssjs&AN=edssjs.6179DE8C