March 23, 2017
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Five decades ago, Native American leaders launched a crusade against museums to reclaim their sacred objects and to rebury their kin. The repatriation controversy has grown in recent years as hundreds of tribes have used a landmark federal law to recover their looted heritage from American museums across the United States. Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits, a new book by Chip Colwell, senior curator of anthropology, is an unflinching insider’s view of the tangled debate over who owns the past. Colwell will share his personal journey to understand how repatriation has transformed both museums and tribes, along with the stories of four objects from the Museum and how they were created, collected, and returned to their sources. These tales reveal the complicated process that involves not merely obeying the law but negotiating the thin lines between identity and morality, spirituality and politics. A book sale & signing will follow the lecture.
All sales are final unless the Museum cancels the program.