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Plundered skulls and stolen spirits : inside the fight to reclaim native America's culture, Chip Colwell

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Plundered skulls and stolen spirits : inside the fight to reclaim native America's culture
Title
Plundered skulls and stolen spirits
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inside the fight to reclaim native America's culture
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Chip Colwell
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "A fascinating account of both the historical and current struggle of Native Americans to recover sacred objects that have been plundered and sold to museums. Museum curator and anthropologist Chip Colwell asks the all-important question: Who owns the past? Museums that care for the objects of history or the communities whose ancestors made them?"--Provided by the publisher
  • "Who owns the past and the objects that physically connect us to history? And who has the right to decide this ownership, particularly when the objects are sacred or, in the case of skeletal remains, human? Is it the museums that care for the objects or the communities whose ancestors made them? These questions are at the heart of Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits, an unflinching insider account by a leading curator who has spent years learning how to balance these controversial considerations. Five decades ago, Native American leaders launched a crusade to force museums to return their sacred objects and allow them to rebury their kin. Today, hundreds of tribes use the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act to help them recover their looted heritage from museums across the country. As senior curator of anthropology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Chip Colwell has navigated firsthand the questions of how to weigh the religious freedom of Native Americans against the academic freedom of scientists and whether the emptying of museum shelves elevates human rights or destroys a common heritage. This book offers his personal account of the process of repatriation, following the trail of four objects as they were created, collected, and ultimately returned to their sources: a sculpture that is a living god, the scalp of a massacre victim, a ceremonial blanket, and a skeleton from a tribe considered by some to be extinct. These specific stories reveal a dramatic process that involves not merely obeying the law, but negotiating the blurry lines between identity and morality, spirituality and politics. Things, like people, have biographies. Repatriation, Colwell argues, is a difficult but vitally important way for museums and tribes to acknowledge that fact--and heal the wounds of the past while creating a respectful approach to caring for these rich artifacts of history."--Publisher's description
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1975-
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Colwell, Chip
Dewey number
973.04/97
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E98.M34
LC item number
C65 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
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  • United States.
  • Indians of North America
  • Indians of North America
  • Human remains (Archaeology)
  • Cultural property
  • Museums and Indians
  • Anthropological museums and collections
  • Archaeology
  • Anthropological ethics
  • ART
  • ART
  • HISTORY
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Anthropological ethics
  • Anthropological museums and collections
  • Archaeology
  • Cultural property
  • Human remains (Archaeology)
  • Indians of North America
  • Indians of North America
  • Museums and Indians
  • United States
Label
Plundered skulls and stolen spirits : inside the fight to reclaim native America's culture, Chip Colwell
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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Contents
Introduction -- I. Resistance : war gods. Only after night fall ; Keepers of the sky ; Magic relief ; Tribal resolution ; All things will eat themselves up ; This far away -- II. Regret : a scalp from Sand Creek. I have come to kill Indians ; The Bones Bill ; We are going back home ; Indian trophies ; AC.35B ; A wound of the soul -- III. Reluctance : killer whale flotilla robe. Masterless things ; Chief Shakes ; Johnson v. Chilkat Indian Village ; Last stand ; The weight was heavy ; Our culture is not dying -- IV: Respect : Calusa skulls. The hardest cases ; Long since completely disappeared ; Unidentifiable ; Their place of understanding ; Timeless limbo ; Before we just gave up -- Conclusion
Control code
956957284
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
348 pages
Isbn
9780226298993
Lccn
2016036898
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)956957284
Label
Plundered skulls and stolen spirits : inside the fight to reclaim native America's culture, Chip Colwell
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- I. Resistance : war gods. Only after night fall ; Keepers of the sky ; Magic relief ; Tribal resolution ; All things will eat themselves up ; This far away -- II. Regret : a scalp from Sand Creek. I have come to kill Indians ; The Bones Bill ; We are going back home ; Indian trophies ; AC.35B ; A wound of the soul -- III. Reluctance : killer whale flotilla robe. Masterless things ; Chief Shakes ; Johnson v. Chilkat Indian Village ; Last stand ; The weight was heavy ; Our culture is not dying -- IV: Respect : Calusa skulls. The hardest cases ; Long since completely disappeared ; Unidentifiable ; Their place of understanding ; Timeless limbo ; Before we just gave up -- Conclusion
Control code
956957284
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
348 pages
Isbn
9780226298993
Lccn
2016036898
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)956957284

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