New PDF release: Bones: Discovering the First Americans

By Elaine Dewar

ISBN-10: 0307375552

ISBN-13: 9780307375551

Bones—the continues to be of historical New international natives now mendacity in museums and collage laboratories around the Americas—are on the heart of the medical and cultural battles defined during this provocative e-book. those bones, award-winning investigative journalist Elaine Dewar asserts, problem the authorised thought that the 1st americans descend from a Mongoloid those who migrated around the Bering land bridge to Alaska on the finish of the Ice Age 11,000 years in the past. With local American activists, white supremacists, DNA specialists, and actual anthropologists—all vying for regulate of old bones like these of the Caucasoid Kennewick Man—Dewar explores the politics of archaeology, heritage, legislation, local spirituality, and race kin at paintings during this clinical battlefield. She reviews, too, at the rivalry one of the specialists over replacement theories that recommend the recent international could have been populated as early as 60,000 years in the past, probably by means of Polynesian voyagers who sailed to South the USA.

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4 By using the pronoun “we,” I speak directly to teacher educators/scholars of Color who proudly endure this cyclic trauma to ensure that humanity wins over the dehumanizing social constructions of racial separatism despite being subjected to racial dehumanization themselves (see Berry & Mizelle, 2006; Stanley, 2006). I also speak to true antiracist White allies who work through their own pain on a daily basis without erroneously misplacing their feelings of white guilt and shame on people of Color, and self-invest in shouldering the emotional, political, and spiritual burden of race precisely because it is the human thing to do (see Sleeter 2001).

Further, when modeling how to dialogue about race and racism in an academic manner, what is scary for teacher educators of Color is that our White teacher candidates will either: (a) cry, which is symbolic of the normative story of how people of Color are the ones who cause Whites pain, which both stifles conversation and elevates white emotionality above the pain that people of Color face daily; or, (b) act aggressively, symbolic of the repressed pain of lying about a colorblind stance (Matias, 2012b).

8 I use the term “diss-course” because this type of communication “disses” or insults people of Color behind a façade of innocence and/or normalized speech (Rodriguez, 2009). 9 IRB: Institutional Review Board. 10 This phenomenon connects to Yosso and Garcia’s (2007) articulations of “culture of wealth” found in communities of Color. Namely, since knowledges (or what constitutes cultures or capitals of 1 21 CHAPTER 2 wealth) subjugate through a process of power, communities of Color in a racist society are then forced to combat dominant narratives that depict them through a deficit lens by asserting their funds of knowledge or capital.

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