The first text to address the contentious issues raised by the pursuit of anthropology and archaeology in the world today. Calls into question the traditional, sometimes difficult relationship between western scholars and the contemporary cultures and peoples they study and can easily disturb.
Table of ContentsList of contributors Foreword Preface Introduction: conflict in the archaeology of living traditions 1. Relations of production and exchange in 17th-century New England: interpretive contexts for the archaeology of culture contact 2. Archaeology, colonialism and 17th-century Native America: towards an alternative interpretation 3. History and prehistory in Bolivia: what about the Indians? Made radical by my own: an archaeologist learns to accept reburial 5. On the problem of historicist catgories in theories of human development 6. The burden of an encumbered inheritance upon the study of the past of Madagascar 7. Archaeological and anthropological hypotheses concerning the origin of ethnic divisions in sub-Saharan Africa 8. The role of language in African perceptions of the past: an appraisal of African language policies and practices 9. A chapter in the history of the colonization of Sami lands: the forced migration of Norwegian reindeer Sami to Finland in the 1800s 10. A proper place for the dead: a critical review ofthe `reburial' issue 11. The sanctity of the grave: White concepts and American Indian burials 12. The acquisition, storage and handling of Aboriginal skeletal remains in museums: an indigenous perspective 13. The souls of my dead brothers 14. Statement of American Indians Against Desecration before the World Archaeological Congress 15. Federal Indian burial policy: historical anachronism or contemporary reality? 16. Human bones as symbols of power: aboriginal American belief systems toward bones and `grave-robbing' archaeologists 17. The role of archaeology in nation building 18. Dualperceptions of the past: archaeolgy and Inuit culture Index