Battlefields and Burial Grounds: The Indian Struggle to Protect Ancestral Graves and Human Remains in the United States by Roger C. Echo-Hawk, Walter R. Echo-Hawk |, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Battlefields and Burial Grounds: The Indian Struggle to Protect Ancestral Graves and Human Remains in the United States

Battlefields and Burial Grounds: The Indian Struggle to Protect Ancestral Graves and Human Remains in the United States

by Roger C. Echo-Hawk, Walter R. Echo-Hawk
     
 

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-The current and historical struggle by Native Americans to protect the graves of their ancestors is presented here in a work that is both lucid and compelling. The authors examine the genesis of the double standard in the treatment of Native American remains, as well as the moral and ethical problems that the legacy of this inequality brings to Americans today. The book covers Native American cultural beliefs, 19th-century ``battlefield anthropology,'' and today's reburial movement, with a focus on the Pawnee tribe in particular. The writing is clear, concise, and interesting, and the text is illustrated with numerous full-color and black-and-white photographs. Rarely are the topics of history, ethics, and current events combined in such a readable format. This volume is a suitable resource for students of social studies, history, ethics, Native American, cross-cultural, and multicultural studies due to its high readability, excellent graphic and pictorial qualities, and discussion-sparking style and subject matter. All in all, an excellent examination of a complex topic.-M. Colleen McDougall, Kayenta Boarding School, AZ
Karen Hutt
Since the first contact between American Indians and Europeans, Indian graves have been plundered, most commonly under the guise of scientific study. Despite repeated efforts of American Indians to stop this practice, the U.S. government has only recently begun to order ancestral remains, mostly held by museums, to be returned to their respective tribes. Part one of this book describes Native American burial practices, the archaeological procedures that encouraged taking remains for study, and present-day efforts to remediate the situation. Part two recounts the struggles of the Pawnee tribe to reclaim remains of some 1,000 ancestors being held by the Nebraska State Historical Society. The clear, detailed text is enhanced with numerous photographs and drawings, including some of burial sites and practices, individuals involved in the controversy, historical Pawnee leaders, and archaeological digs. A solid work on a contemporary issue. Source notes appended.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822526636
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1993
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
7.34(w) x 10.31(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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