Books by Walter R. Echo-Hawk

Released: April 12, 1994

First-American burial sites have been considered fair game for archaeologists and curiosity-seekers since the Mayflower; now two Pawnee activists, a lawyer and a historian, document the course and causes of this wrong and recent legal efforts to redress it. They focus on three successes: a bitter struggle with the Nebraska State Historical Society to recover over 400 Pawnee dead from museums; closing the ``Indian Burial Pit'' tourist attraction near Salina, Kansas; and negotiations paving the way for repatriation of the remains of more than 18,500 individuals held by federal agencies, most notably the Smithsonian. Though the authors seldom let their personal feelings show, their account of opposition arguments is not evenhanded and their stiff, impersonal prose sometimes makes heavy going; still, they discuss issues and events with obvious authority, draw on plenty of popular and scholarly sources for support, and make their cases systematically. By far the most complete consideration of this topic for young people to date. Numerous photos (of uneven usefulness and visual quality); endnotes; index. (Nonfiction. 12-18) Read full book review >