Who Owns the Past?


60m 2001

Brief Synopsis

Documentary about the discovery of a 9000-year-old skeleton on the banks of the Columbia River near Kennewick, Washington. The discovery has re-ignited the conflict between anthropologists and Native American people over the control of human remains found on ancestral lands. For the scientists, know

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Also Known As
Independent Lens (10/05/01)
Release Date
2001

Technical Specs

Duration
60m

Synopsis

Documentary about the discovery of a 9000-year-old skeleton on the banks of the Columbia River near Kennewick, Washington. The discovery has re-ignited the conflict between anthropologists and Native American people over the control of human remains found on ancestral lands. For the scientists, knowledge is the highest goal and religious beliefs get in their way. Their opponents argue that disinterment and scientific testing is a violent act of colonialism.

Film Details

Also Known As
Independent Lens (10/05/01)
Release Date
2001

Technical Specs

Duration
60m

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