The Heritage Insights Lecture Series is a component of the Museum of Northern Arizona’s (MNA) Fall Heritage Festivals – Celebraciones de la Gente and Native American Heritage Month. The series feature informative and interactive presentations from community members, culture bearers, and scholars. Explore the history, culture, and contemporary cultural identity of Native American cultures and these upcoming programs: November 2 at 6:00 p.m. the Yavapai-Apache forced march, November 11 at 2:00 p.m.: Öngtupqa Hopi flute performance, and November 29, 6:00 p.m. Dinè Women and weaving.
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Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits, Why Repatriation Matters
Wednesday, November 7
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Northern Arizona University – Liberal Arts Room 120
In recent years, the return of human remains and sacred objects has transformed museums and Native American communities. Dr. Colwell describes how this repatriation unfolded and why it matters by following the trail of a scalp taken in the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre. He traces the path as the scalp was removed and transformed into a war trophy, commodity, artifact, and finally back into the remains of a human worthy of respect. The process negotiates blurry lines between law and morality, politics and history, science and spirituality. The program features Chip Colwell, Senior Curator of Anthropology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. For more information, contact: Melissa Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org.