Re: John Stroebel's Post

John Stroebel (jstroebe@ULTRIX.RAMAPO.EDU)
Tue, 23 Aug 1994 15:53:00 -0400

On Tue, 23 Aug 1994, David DeGusta wrote:

> >I do not need your correction.
> John,
> I did not correct you. I merely pointed out that the reburial issue
> was controversial and that your viewpoint was not the only one. You're
> entitled to your own views, and I did not suggest otherwise.

* Your words, not mine. I was simply apologizing for offending
anyone. I seem to have offended *you* by doing that. If you make this
into a good/evil issue, that's your waste of time.

> As far as I'm concerned, though, your analysis of the "reburial"
> controversy is quite superficial and one-sided. You have "evil
> anthropologists" with no respect for Native Americans going out and
> grave-robbing to further their academic careers, while the courageous,
> noble, and spiritual Native Americans (assisted by the "good
> anthropologists") defend their ancestors. IT'S NOT THAT SIMPLE! All you've
> done is turn the traditional "Cowboy and Indian" movie, with all its
> inaccurate stereotypes, into a "Native American and Anthropologist" movie.
> The bottom line is as I said before: this is a tricky area. I don't
> really have the time or inclination to debate specific viewpoints in this
> forum. (After reading a lot of the literature, I don't think I have any new
> ideas to help the situation, so I'm afraid I'd just become more fuel for
> the fire.) I think it is important, though, to at least acknowledge that
> it's a complex situation, and not just "the good folks against the bad
> folks."
> David DeGusta