Skull Wars: Kennewick Man, Archaeology, and the Battle for Native American Identity

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Title

Skull Wars: Kennewick Man, Archaeology, and the Battle for Native American Identity

Author(s)

Thomas, David Hurst and foreword by Deloria, Jr., Vine

Year of Publication

2000

Chapter Pages

326

Publisher Name

Basic Books

Publisher Location

New York, NY

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https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/skull-wars-david-hurst-thomas/1125858839?ean=9780465092246

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Language

English

Source Type

Book

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Book description:

The 1996 discovery, near Kennewick, Washington, of a 9,000-year-old Caucasoid skeleton brought more to the surface than bones. The explosive controversy and resulting lawsuit also raised a far more fundamental question: Who owns history? Many Indians see archeologists as desecrators of tribal rites and traditions; archeologists see their livelihoods and science threatened by the 1990 Federal reparation law, which gives tribes control over remains in their traditional territories.In this new work, Thomas charts the riveting story of this lawsuit, the archeologists' deteriorating relations with American Indians, and the rise of scientific archeology. His telling of the tale gains extra credence from his own reputation as a leader in building cooperation between the two sides.

Additional tags: Kennewick Man; history of archaeology

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