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Ashley Atkins (Pamunkey), Associate Researcher

Ashley is a member of the Pamunkey Indian Tribe.  She graduated from James Madison University in 2007 with a B.A. in Anthropology.  Currently she is a graduate student at the College of William and Mary in the M.A. /Ph.D. program with the Department of Anthropology studying both Historical Anthropology and Archaeology.  Her primary focus is on Virginia's Chesapeake Natives centering on both Virginia Indian archaeology and contemporary Virginia Indian communities.  Ashley's current Masters thesis research focuses on material culture, specifically Pamunkey pottery in which she discusses the importance of this particular material culture in constituting a Pamunkey identity through defining Pamunkey pottery as a valued tradition.  More broadly, Ashley is interested in the archaeological aspect of Virginia Indian history.  Ashley has participated in two collaborative archaeological projects including the King William Reservoir Project and Werowocomoco.  Through her research and involvement in these archaeological projects, one of Ashley's main goals in being a Native scholar is to stress the importance of an indigenous voice in anthropological and archaeological research that focuses on Native American peoples.