Repatriating Science, Race, and Identity: Are We Still Fighting the Skull Wars ?
Sponsored by Scarsdale Public Library
AIA Society Event: Westchester
Sunday, December 4, 2011 - 2:00pm
Scarsdale Public Library
Post & Olmsted Roads
Scarsdale, NY 10583
When a 9,000 year old human skeleton washed out of a Columbia River outbank in 1996, it ignited a controversy that still rages. Archaeologists proclaimed that "Kennewick Man" was one of the most important finds of the century and planned intensive scientific analysis. Many Native Americans, however, declared that such studies desecrated their ancestor and demanded the bones for reburial. In this lecture, archaeologist David Hurst Thomas updates his best-selling book Skull Wars and after detailing the role of modern science, argues that archaeologists and native people are blazing new collaborative pathways that promise to change the national narrative in remarkable ways.
Dr. Thomas is the curator of anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History and the author of Skull Wars, Kennewick Man, Archaeology, and the Battle for Native American Identity.
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