fws indians 11-19-07 - November 19, 2007 Anthro 125 History...

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November 19, 2007 Anthro 125 History or Ancestry? The question of who owns the past has been hotly debated for years, especially in North America. Many groups lay claim to the remnants of the past, from archaeologists promoting the good of science, to Native Americans fighting to protect their heritage. Who indeed owns the past? Native Americans say that any American Indian remains in the ground are the ancestors of today’s Indians, and so are not to be desecrated with archaeological study. The archaeologists, on the other hand, rebut that they do their work out of an honest interest and deep respect for Native American culture and history, and excavate to help preserve the history of the first North Americans. The archaeologist is a scientist who examines artifacts to learn about the life and times of earlier peoples. One of the most effective ways to gain knowledge about ancient peoples is to examine human remains. The problem arises from the fact that human remains are, after all, human. There is always a chance that a skeleton that an
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course ANTHR 125 taught by Professor Costura,daniel during the Fall '07 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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