Re: Decolonizing anthropology

Robert Johnson (johnsorl@COLORADO.EDU)
Wed, 1 Feb 1995 00:03:20 -0700

> I'm not entirely sure what you are proposing here. Is it the abolution of
> all field work in North American archaeology and anthropology?

No, only a moratorium to give Native Americans ownership and
control over indigenous knowledge, sacred geography, ethnomedicine,
artifacts, and veto over current and future scientific study.
There must also be an extension of aboriginal copyright to oral,
ethnomusical, and ritual traditions as well as ownership of the
genetics of indigenous horticulture including their current and
future commercial manipulation. Compensation must be determined for
loss of cultural heritage through archaeological excavation.
Royalties must be paid for financial gain based on anthropological
fieldwork and publication. This is not an exhaustive list.