The Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis,

The School of Liberal Arts,

The Department of Anthropology, and

The IUPUI Anthropology Club

Are proud to present


David Hurst Thomas, Ph.D.

Curator, American Museum of Natural History


Author of Skull Wars


Text Box: “Repatriation in the 21st Century:
Are we still
fighting the
Skull Wars?”
7pm Friday
April 29, 2005
IT  152









Text Box: Free to the Public
RSVP: 317-278-1839 
Text Box: Meet and Greet Reception
Immediately Following





When a 9,000-year old human skeleton washed out of a Columbia River cutbank in 1996, it ignited a controversy that still rages on. Archaeologists proclaimed that “Kennewick Man” was one of the most important finds of the century and planned intensive scientific analysis. But many Native Americans declared that such studies desecrated their ancestor and demanded the bones for reburial. An acrimonious and highly public argument ensued, complete with lawsuit.


In this lecture, archaeologist David Hurst Thomas traces the five-hundred-year roots of the Kennewick Man controversy. Updating his best-selling book Skull Wars, Dr. Thomas discusses Thomas Jefferson’s invention of scientific archaeology and chronicles the brutal massacres in which skulls of Indian warriors were sent east to build America’s greatest museum collections. From the strange fates of Ishi and Qisuk to the long-standing power of native oral tradition, Thomas details the interactions between archaeologists and native people, and urges the two groups to define the common ground necessary to work together in the future.

Text Box: The Center for Urban and Multicultural Education
Indiana University 
School of Education at IUPUI
Creating connections of research, practice, and educational improvement for
 urban schools and communities





Please join us for


Continental Breakfast & Discussion



The Heritage Education Partner Programs:

Using methods of folklife and ethnography to support teacher training and place based education



Friday, April 29, 2005


8:30 - 9:00 am - Breakfast

9:00- 10:00 am - Discussion



Commons Area of the School of Education at IUPUI


ES Building Third Floor




Dr. Guha Shankar,

 Folklife Specialist, Education Initiatives

American Folklife Center, Library of Congress



For more information please contact

 Center for Urban and Multicultural Education (CUME),