Category Archives: repatriation

Exterminating Indian Identity

Soon I will be bound for Phoenix to present a paper on American Indian identity and authenticity: a topic of keen interest. Critics often complain about Indian stereotypes, ranging from the issues surrounding sports mascots to non-Indians playing Native roles … Continue reading

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The Indian Brain

How much of our prejudices worm their way into our thoughts about American Indians? Folks thought that brain structures determine how people think and act, and scientists in the 1840s looked at Indian skulls to determine their behaviors.

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Displaying the Dead

Johan Reinhard made “the discovery of a lifetime” when he unearthed a frozen mummy in 1995 in the Peruvian mountains. The book by the National Geographic Society, Discovering the Inca Ice Maiden, describes the “find” as “an amazing adventure” as … Continue reading

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Appropriation vs. Reclamation

Jolene Rickard (Tuscarora) presented us with images that invited us to think about Indian artifacts—when are they appropriated and when they are merely reclaimed? Her talk, sponsored by the Newberry Library’s D’Arcy McNickle Center in Chicago, focused on the edges … Continue reading

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Ethics in Indian Country

The Newberry Library’s D’Arcy McNickle Center in Chicago sponsored a talk this week on indigenous views of ethics, and I was delighted to attend with first daughter Wak-o-apa (Megan). The four presenters discussed perspectives about art, appropriation and sharing from … Continue reading

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Spirits in the Cave

I dragged my pal Bob to a packed theatre to see the new documentary about caves in France that reveal stories of ancestors from 32,000 years ago. Werner Herzog’s new film, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, explores the pristine Chauvet Cave, … Continue reading

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What Hat Would You Be?

If you were a hat, what hat would you be?

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Indian as Suitcase

As I was preparing for this week’s campus-wide lecture, I realized the histories and narratives of Indians in North America are like the content s of a suitcase.

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Skulls and Baseballs

I started thinking about bones when grad student Erin Dysart Hanes and I began following the news coverage of Kennewick Man.

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No Word for Science

I’ve been listening to Osage language tapes since I returned from Greyhorse this summer.

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