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The Native American
Graves Protection and
Repatriation Act

Fall/Winter 1995, vol. 7 (3)

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*  Feature articles

(photo) Edward Halealoha Ayau, Hawaiian heritage activist.

"Until the 1960s, Indian children grew up playing "Cowboys and Indians," and more than likely, they wanted to be the cowboys. They never wanted to be anthropologists, however, and today there are less than 70 Indians in the profession."

"Symbol of a New Treaty," Rosita Worl

*  Thoughts on Two Worldviews by Tessie Naranjo

Native Americans and museums are sometimes separated by different ways of seeing the world.

*  Capital Presence: An Interview with Tribal Judge Carey Vicenti

Why tribal leaders, government officials, archeologists, and museum professionals should take advantage of the momentum galvanizing Native American groups.

*  Life After Museums by Burkhard Bilger

As repatriation law goes into effect, museum displays of native artifacts may become a thing of the past.

*  An Epimethean View of the Future at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and

Ethnology at Harvard University by Barbara Isaac
Epimetheus, said Charles Kinsley in The Water Babies, was "always looking behind him to see what had happened, till he really learnt to know now and then what would happen next." Harvardís Peabody Museum is looking both ways to deal with its storehouse of 8 million artifacts.

*  Rooted in Native Soil by Edward Haleaoha Ayau

In 1988, the remains of native Hawaiians were removed to make way for a luxury hotel on the island of Maui, leading to the birth of the preservation group Hui Malama. Edward Haleaoha Ayau reflects on the growth of the group and its dispute with the University of Californiaís Phoebe Hearst Museum.

*  Symbol of a New Treaty by Rosita Worl

NAGPRA represents a new covenant between archeologists and Native Americans, says the author.