Re: "Juanita" / Dilemma

mike shupp (ms44278@HUEY.CSUN.EDU)
Thu, 30 May 1996 21:09:26 -0700

On Tue, 28 May 1996, John Pastore wrote:

<much on "Juanita">

I'm sorry to disagree with you, but I'll let my original remarks stand.

Perhaps I'm insensitive. I'm primarily interested in physical anthropology,
after all; it's a field in which dead bodies are part of the trade. And it
gives one a great sense of perspective.

The world is big and heartless and this is not the greatest issue tugging
at its heartstrings. And the concerns of ethical anthropologists do not
weigh heavily on most people. On the other hand, "Juanitas" are rare; it
is improbable that this sets much of a precdent.

This will pass. The National Geographic exhibit will eventually end; there
will probably be a book or two winding up on dusty shelves in half the
country's libraries; maybe there will be a TV special. And six months from
now no one but anthropologists will remember a bit of the controversy, or
even the cause of it.


> PS: Mike, have you been able to run across that reference in Bernal
> Diaz's "The Conquest of New Spain" as being either 'heard' by him or
> 'seen'?

Not yet. Next week perhaps. The CSUN library is on reduced hours this
week (graduations seem to have higher priority than research for the
next few days) and I'm off at work during the days. Maybe Saturday.

I don't think it was Diaz. Castello, de Castilo, or something like that
is the name that bounces around my head. Largish paperback, black cover
with white letters, came out (translated) 20 years or so back.

- mike

Mike Shupp
California State University, Northridge