The Shala Valley Project uncovered how the Shala shaped their world through dynamic, world-systemic relationships with the powers that never fully conquered them. They can be seen as an example in our modern age, where tribal peoples still fight for their survival, and to preserve some degree of independence from capitalist economies.
Michael L. Galaty is professor of anthropology at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, and a former chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Ols Lafe is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Tirana. He is Director of Cultural Heritage at the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports. Wayne E. Lee is professor of history at the University of North Carolina and currently the chair of the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense. Zamir Tafilica has since 1987 been responsible for the Department of Archaeology at the Historical Museum of Shkoder and became director of the museum in 2008.