Claiming the Shields: Law, Anthropology, and the Role of Storytelling in a NAGPRA Repatriation Case Study
University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
Journal of Land, Resources & Environmental Law, Vol. 29, No. 1, p. 91, 2009
This article is a case study of a repatriation dispute under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). The dispute arose when different tribal groups claimed a set of three leather shields held by the National Park Service. The article examines in depth the claims of the three groups, focusing on the disconnect between legal and anthropological determinations of cultural affiliation and using storytelling as a lens to evaluate the claims.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 29
Keywords: NAGPRA, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, law and anthropology, storytelling, sacred object, archaeological artifact, tribe, tribal dispute, repatriation, Indian law, Native American rights
JEL Classification: K11, K30, K32, Q38
Date posted: January 5, 2010