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Skull Wars: Kennewick Man, Archaeology, And The Battle For Native American Identity Paperback – April 3, 2001
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The issues confronted in Skull Wars are particularly germane for those Native American groups that have retained some semblance of generational continuity. Thomas accurately touches on the "top down" weaknesses of the implementation of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.
Thomas clearly articulates that there is not a one-size fits all approach to accommodating and reconciling the concerns of legitimately affected Native Americans and the archaeological community. The positive examples at the end of the book serve as models for much of the country.
I hope Skull Wars reaches the wide audience it deserves. I enthusiastically recommend it.
The star rating was insisted on by Amazon's computer - this note only pertains to Dr. Thomas' pages on the Army Medical Museum.
Michael Rhode, Archivist
National Museum of Health & Medicine
Those individuals who call for a more balanced account of this history only wish to deny or cover up the ugly truth. Thomas is if anything too kind to many of the key figures of early archaeology and in the recent Kennewick controversy. As Thomas argues archaeologists need to learn from this history and not simply hide behind naive good intentions. Thomas demonstrates how informed archaeologists can work with Native American people to build common ground and interests. He shows us how we can go beyond the controversy to link good intentions with good actions.
I cannot verify or deny Thomas' comments on the Asatru religion but the reviews that react so negatively to them are focusing in on only a couple of paragraphs in the book. These comments have little to do with the overall point of the book or its content. Virtually no professional archaeologists accept the idea that there is evidence for Norse or other European settlement or exploration in North American much before AD 900 or that these explorations extended beyond the east coast of Canada.Read more ›
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This is one of the best books I have read on a complicated and painful subject. It is a historical survey of archaeology in America and is written beautifully. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Melissa rickard
The small print is a disappointment as I really want to read this book. But I have no choice to return it. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Mahoney Clever
So far so good, haven't finished yet but it has proven to be a good read, hope to finish in the next weeks to come...A very informative and comprehensive work... Read morePublished 24 months ago by D.C.
This book is just wonderful. As an archaeologist, it is sometimes difficult to understand the scope of archaeology's impact on Native Americans, but this book does a great job of... Read morePublished on April 2, 2013 by Barry
I had to read this for an archaeology class and I loved it. It's interesting and well-written, but more importantly, it has a great description of the history of the relationship... Read morePublished on February 22, 2013 by Calliope
This is a great read for anyone interested in anthropology, and the kindle version is great. I really like this book.Published on February 21, 2013 by Grammy Cheryl
I originally ordered Skull Wars because it was required reading for an Archaeology course. Imagine my surprise when it was not only interesting, but also written in such a way as... Read morePublished on October 8, 2010 by tora