This article explores the evolving ways in which anthropologists, archaeologists, and the United States government have viewed Native American cultural heritage, especially in terms of burials and grave goods. I begin with a historical view of the looting and racism that plagued the disciplines since their inception, and move into the present, while examining how NAGPRA has enabled indigenous communities to have a voice concerning what happens to their heritage, thus transforming archaeology in beneficial and productive ways that were previously not thought possible.
"The Changing Understanding of North American Archaeology and Native American Heritage,"
Spectrum: Vol. 1
, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholars.unh.edu/spectrum/vol1/iss1/4