Monthly Archives: April 2017

Object Lessons: Guest Post by Sarah Tamashiro

This is a guest post written by Sarah Tamashiro, a Masterʻs student in the History department at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. When the news of the auction of the Rainer Werner Bock Collection was released, it felt as … Continue reading

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The Ancient One Goes Home

On May 15, the University of Washington will host a celebration of the return of the human remains known to the general public as Kennewick Man. To the tribal coalition (Yakama, Umatilla, Nez Perce, Colville and Wanapum tribes) who successfully argued … Continue reading

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The Laissez Faire Ethics of Global Culture Brokers

Investors in indigenous art anxiously awaited last week’s auction of the Rainer Werner Bock collection of Native Hawaiian materials. Gathered over a twenty-year period, it numbers some 1000 items, ranging from pounding stones to medicine bundles. A visit to the online … Continue reading

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Massasoit Returns Home (April 7, 2017)

As reported by Cape Cod Today, the remains of the Wampanoag tribal leader who first parlayed with the English settlers known as the “Pilgrims,” were returned to their homeland on April 7, 2017. (See the full article here http://www.capecodtoday.com/article/2017/04/12/231617-Wampanoag-Massasoit-Returns-Original-Burial-Site) Known in … Continue reading

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The Ethical Battle Over Ancient DNA

Ancient DNA researchers have learned to collaborate with American Indian tribes in relevant cases. But still more sensitivity is needed. Source: The Ethical Battle Over Ancient DNA By Michael Balter   Correction: April 3, 2017 An earlier version of this … Continue reading

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