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A Hupa Discussion of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act

Abstract:
This paper explores Hupa Indian tribal perspectives regarding the importance of the Native American graves protection and Repatriation Act of 1990. A series of interviews was conducted with tribal members to articulate the process of repatriating items considered "sacred" and "items of cultural patrimony" as defined in the law. The conclusions show that the Hupa Indians view NAGPRA as a means with which to re-assert their cultural autonomy, as well as a mechanism which returns items central to the ceremonies, thus enabling them to continue their ceremonial cycles.

Author: 

Clint Lyons

Chair: 

Nancy Parezo

Publication: 

thesis

Year: 

1999

Arizona State Museum: 

M9791 L96h
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences