Academic article: Repatriation and the Reconstruction of Identity


A proposed change to American repatriation law provides an opportunity to reexamine the assumptions on which the original statute was built. For their justification, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act and the National Museum of the American Indian Act rely on the supposition that bounded communities proceed through time along a unilinear path—a misconception stemming from both universal, identity-forming processes and the discipline of archaeology itself. Jordan provides a case study involving the National Museum of the American Indian’s 2003 repatriation of human remains to a rural village in Cuba demonstrates how various identities can manipulate the transfer of archaeological material to fit their own symbolic needs.


A link to the article can be found here.



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Contribution: The University of Cambridge: An 800th Anniversary Portrait


In this anniversary book on the University’s past and present, Jordan reflects on his experiences as an international student at Cambridge.


This book can be purchased here.