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Plundered skulls and stolen spirits : inside the fight to reclaim native America's culture

Call Number

  • 973.0497 C7276 (CEN)

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Publication Information

Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2017.

Physical Description

348 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


"A fascinating account of both the historical and current struggle of Native Americans to recover sacred objects that have been plundered and sold to museums. Museum curator and anthropologist Chip Colwell asks the all-important question: Who owns the past? Museums that care for the objects of history or the communities whose ancestors made them?"--Provided by the publisher.


  • Introduction
  • Resistance: war gods. Only after night fall ; Keepers of the sky ; Magic relief ; Tribal resolution ; All things will eat themselves up ; This far away
  • Regret: a scalp from Sand Creek. I have come to kill Indians ; The Bones Bill ; We are going back home ; Indian trophies ; AC. 35B ; A wound of the soul
  • Reluctance: killer whale flotilla robe. Masterless things ; Chief Shakes ; Johnson v. Chilkat Indian Village ; Last stand ; The weight was heavy ; Our culture is not dying
  • Respect: Calusa skulls. The hardest cases ; Long since completely disappeared ; Unidentifiable ; Their place of understanding ; Timeless limbo ; Before we just gave up
  • Conclusion.

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