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Opening Archaeology

Repatriation's Impact on Contemporary Research and Practice

Edited by Thomas W. Killion

Opening Archaeology2008. 288 pp., 1 illustration 8 tables, notes, references, index, 6 x 92008. 288 pp., 1 illustration 8 tables, notes, references, index, 6 x 9

In 1989–90, Congress enacted two laws, the National Museum of the American Indian Act and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, that required museums and other repositories of Native American human remains and cultural items to consult with, share information about, and return some items to federally recognized Indian tribes and Native Alaskan and Hawaiian communities. What effects have these laws had on anthropological practice, theory, and education in the United States? In 2004–2005, the School for Advanced Research and the Society for Applied Anthropology gathered together a group of anthropological archaeologists to address this question. This volume presents their conclusions and urges a continuing and increasing cooperation between anthropologists and indigenous peoples.

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Contributors: Tamara Bray, Kathleen Fine-Dare, Ann M. Kakaliouras, Thomas W. Killion, Keith W. Kintigh, Dorothy Lippert, Stephen Loring, David Hurst Thomas, Joe Watkins, Larry Zimmerman

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  • “Opening Archaeology...is recommended for most tribal college libraries.

    [The book includes] histories of anthropology's interactions with Native peoples, discussions of colonialism and anthropology, and case studies of post-NAGPRA projects that would be of interest to many in the triblal college community.”
    Emily Lena Jones, Tribal College Journal, Vol. 20, No. 4, Summer 2009
  • “This is an excellent collection of papers...on the controversies that have rocked archaeology over the past fifteen years....[A] perfect textbook for introducing students to the history of ethical controversies.”
    K. Anne Pyburn, University of Indiana
  • “This thought provoking collection of essays draws scholarly attention to one of the unintended consequences of repatriation, that is, how NAGPRA and the NMAI Act have increased interaction with Native Americans in a positive manner that is significantly changing archaeological method, theory, and practice.”
    T. J. Ferguson, University of Arizona

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