Sunday, October 19, 2008

"Appropriate" Native Americans

In the Spring 2008 issue of Catalyst (V. 3, No. 2), Robert Birgeneau says:

Says Birgeneau about King’s role, “At my request, Jud stepped into this difficult situation as interim director of the Hearst Museum. He has been extraordinarily effective in this role and now has us on a track which promises to resolve many of these problems; this includes especially seeking out appropriate Native American input.

NANC is intrigued on how Mr. King--a chemical engineer and University administrator--determined which Native American tribes had appropriate input and which ones did not? Was it based on the amount of human remains from their traditional tribal territory, or some other criteria? Or was it ones who agreed with Mr. Garcia's statement? Or did the input come from just Native Americans employed by the University? Why hasn't Mr. King invited input from all tribes which have human remains housed in the musem? Are he and the Chancellor worried they may hear something they don't like?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

YOU CANT DETERMINE THE TRIBE OF SKELETAL REMAINS. TRIBAL DIVISIONS CHANGE OVER TIME SO IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO CONNECT HUMAN REMAINS TO MODERN DAY TRIBES. I respect that American Indians want their ancestors' remains treated respectfully, and they should be. Yet, these remains need to be handled by archaeologists RESPECTFULLY in order for the history of the Americas to be uncovered.