Re: Awareness: American Indian group prays for protection of burial place
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Overall, the most recent program aired on PBS was a disappointment.
Based on the assumption for early civilization born on warfare is
assumed that such a mother city such as the lost civilization site in
the flood plains of Peru's discovery of, maybe, the largest lost
pyramid ever discovered, turns out to be a great trade center with no
warfare artifacts found... as of yet.
Yet, a small infant wrapped in layers of cotton, grown in the area,
is probed for no reason other than the false reason assumed. Now if
there was a reason based on science maybe logic should have been the
earliest intervention instead of something to see on tv. I seriously
doubt this will help with the ongoing struggle in archeology fund
raising. Besides bones are of no interest to me unless fish is cooked
on the flame with a cold beer, a lemon and stars in the nite. So if I
died you would know I died happy.
--- In email@example.com, "Susan"
> Great article, Vince. Protection of Native American's burial sites
> means protection of all graves within past, present and future
> cemetaries and includes all our nation's ancestry.
> Imagine practices on public or private lands where people are allowed
> to dig up graves for the purpose of removing valuable contents. Could
> be old church cemetaries when churches become private homes. If the
> price is high enough, current cemetaries can be bought for private
> purposes and graves moved if anyone remains to claim them.
> Perhaps it is not so horrific to many when Native American sites are
> excavated, but when when gold teeth/ crowns/jewelry, silver, diamonts,
> precious items, artifacts, and body parts are removed from contemporary
> cemetaries, it makes the front pages.
> No matter how old the graves or whether it is for money or advancement
> of knowledge, seems to me it is still graverobbing.
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Vincent Barrows
> <v_barrows@> wrote:
> > Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2008 07:32:43 -0700
> > From: Gary Smith gars@
> > Subj: NA News Item
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> > filename="AWARENESS OF GRAVE DESECRATIONS"
> > Awareness: American Indian group prays for protection of burial place
> > Carrie Dillard / Advocate Editor
> > April 23, 2008
> > Maria Mulford of Goldengate, Ill., is the founder of the first mobile
> > chapter of the American Indian Movement (AIM) and the only AIM chapter
> > the Tri-State.
> > The group formed after last year's Memorial Day weekend ceremonies in
> > Uniontown when they asked their ancestors' forgiveness for the
> > done to their resting place.
> > The site that caused much controversy more than thirty years ago will
> > continue to be blessed and sealed by prayers during a series of annual
> > ceremonies, which will take place at the mound over the next three
> > In 1987, the burial ground on Slack Farm was disturbed when 10 men dug
> > up the graves for valuable artifacts. The men paid the then owner
> > to dig on his land, searching for pots, jewelry, and other items that
> > buried there.
> > In total it is estimated that more than 800 graves were disturbed on
> > 40-acre site.
> > "What is it that people see something in our remains other than
> > remains?" Mulford asked. "They are my relatives, not artifacts."
> > The desecration of this ground created a stir of national discussions
> > about the protection of sacred sites and brought about the NAGPRA act,
> > which provides that all museums and federal agencies will return
> > Native American cultural items, like human remains and burial or
> > objects, to lineal descendants, and culturally affiliated Indian
> > But this law only applies to federal land or to federally funded
> > programs. And the land known as Slack Farm is privately owned.
> > "The event is in the past, but the place is still there - unprotected,
> > being farmed," she said. "We hope the end result, by the time four
> > are up, is that that burial ground is under state or federal
> > To create awareness about the necessity of protecting sacred burial
> > grounds everywhere and about the Native American culture as a whole,
> > Mulford and her group are organizing a new year of ceremonies to take
> > place in Uniontown on May 22 to May 25 this year.
> > Many of the events will be open to the public, including a 4-day sweat
> > lodge ceremony and meal times. This Native American group invites the
> > public to their Cherokee-style kitchen. "You bring your own utensils."
> > "(This) is still not an important issue in the Tri-State, but it
> > be," said Mulford. While there are no federal tribes here, she notes
> > are many who continue living the culture. "The more people come and
> > and take it home with them, the more it will be (important)."
> > The AIM chapter's ultimate goal is to create better awareness.
> > "What would America be without Indians?" Mulford asked. "The ones
> > in that cemetery are the ones history is written about. They are the
> > epitome of our history."
> > Anyone wishing to volunteer or donate food and supplies for this
> > Ancestors' Days ceremonies should contact Mulford at (618) 842-7178 or
> > Mike Aakhus at (812) 464-1855.
> > A schedule of events will be published at a later date.
> > Copyright c. 2008 Union County Advocate - Union County, KY.
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