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Ancient Encounters: Kennewick Man And The First Americans

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The skeleton known as Kennewick Man was discovered in 1996 by two young men along the Columbia River near Kennewick, Washington. When the skeleton was brought to Jim Chatters, a forensic anthropologist, Chatters first believed that the remains were those of a nineteenth-century pioneer. He was astonished when radiocarbon dating revealed the skeleton to be approximately 9,5 ...more
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Published June 7th 2001 by Simon & Schuster
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Kathleen
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent story of a scientist's battle to save a paleo-American for posterity. He does a great and thorough job of explaining all the prevailing theories of how the Americas were populated in multiple migrations, some of them from the sea by the same forebears of the Polynesians. Always respectful of the Native Americans, including explaining their point of view, he nonetheless makes an amazingly strong case for Kennewick man being from an earlier migration than the Native American tribes. A ...more
Karen
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
I read this for a class and to be honest I didn't love it. I have a previous interest in NAGPRA legislation and was prepared to be fully against Chatters and his quest. However he did broaden my mindset a bit, however I still think in the end it was a defense of questionable western practices taking precedence over Native American beliefs. I also found it difficult to read, at times too conversational, other times too technical, and other times petty, and airing of personal grievances. However i ...more
Lynne Pennington
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Author does a wonderful job of explaining the problems with AGPRA and the issues involved with science versus culture/religion. The fact is that Kennewick Man is closest biologically to Polynesians and the Ainu---so the question becomes, how do we define Native-American since technically, no humans are "native" to the Americas. We ALL came from somewhere else. So at what point do the rights of everyone to knowledge and general culture collide with that of specific groups. A great read, even for ...more
Lisa Stoll
Mar 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting book. I enjoyed it a lot. Chatters makes much of the science in this book readable, which I appreciate!
Dman
Aug 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Excellent and level-headed explanation of the world surrounding Kennewick Man, in ancient and contemporary times.
Nirjay
Feb 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010, 2011
Great book
Shottsie
Dec 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Quite a fascinating read. Definitely written from a one sided view point but worth the read.
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