Drawing Back Culture The Makah Struggle for Repatriation

ISBN-10: 0295981954
ISBN-13: 9780295981956
Edition: 2002
Authors: Ann M. Tweedie
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Book details

Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 208
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

"Although tribal and museum repatriation programs must be developed for specific communities and cultures, other tribes and museums will find much of value in this history and case study, as will all those with an interest in tribal affairs and material culture. It is both a serious and significant work of scholarship and an emotionally engaging success story."--from the Foreword by Janine Bowechop, Executive Director, Makah Cultural and Research CenterThe Makah Indians of Washington State--briefly in the national spotlight when they resumed their ancient whaling traditions in 1999--have begun a process that will eventually lead to the repatriation of objects held by museums and federal agencies nationwide. Drawing Back Culture describes the early stages of the tribe's implementation of what some consider to be the most important piece of cultural policy legislation in the history of the United States: the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).NAGPRA was passed by Congress in 1990 to give Native people a mechanism through which they could reclaim specific objects of importance to the tribe. Because NAGPRA definitions were intended for widespread applicability, each tribe must negotiate a fit between these definitions and their own material culture.The conception of ownership lies at the heart of the Makahs' struggle to implement NAGPRA. Tweedie explores their historical patterns of ownership, and demonstrates the challenges of implementing legislation which presumes a concept of communal ownership foreign to the Makahs' highly developed and historically documented patterns of personal ownership of both material culture and intellectual property. Drawing Back Culture explores how NAGPRA implementation has been working at the tribal level, from the perspective of a tribe struggling to fit the provisions of the law with its own sense of history, ownership, and the drive for cultural renewal.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction: "Drawing Back Culture"
Makah Perspectives of NAGPRA
"Five Villages, One Heartbeat": Precontact Makah Life
Makah Culture(s) and Histories in Flux
A New Era: Tribal Politics and Cultural Projects
Reconciling the Spirit with the Letter of the Law
Unresolved Ownership: Fates of Repatriated Objects
Afterword
Text of NAGPRA
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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