Repatriation and Erasing the Past
278 pages, 6 x 9
24 b/w illustrations, 5 tables, notes, references, index
Release Date:01 Sep 2020

Repatriation and Erasing the Past

University of Florida Press


Weiss discusses how anthropologists draw conclusions about past peoples through their study of skeletons and mummies and argues that continued curation of human remains is important. Springer reviews American Indian law and how it helped to shape laws such as NAGPRA (the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act). He provides detailed analyses of cases including the Kennewick Man and the Havasupai genetics lawsuits. Together, Weiss and Springer critique repatriation laws and support the view that anthropologists should prioritize scientific research over other perspectives.

. is a retired attorney and anthropologist based in Peoria, Illinois.

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