As none of you here understand the First Peoples views on this, my 1/8 Shawnee self will have to represent and try to provide you with some kind of direction to those who do.
First off, the First Peoples remembered other First Peoples, and they remembered later European visitors. They have no problem with First Peoples arriving from anywhere.
But in point of fact aside from X mt DNA, who were relatively late arrivals (8,350 BCE) , it still appears there were no early arrivals from Europe.
In my opinion, I don't think the memories earlier giant peoples in the fossil "myths" can be relied on. But that's just my opinion - for these see Adriane Major's book. (sorry uniface, but that's as much hope as I can offer you.) But then I have been wrong before, and retain the right to be wrong both now and in the future.
Generally nearly all Native Americans believe that the disturbance of a person's remains recalls their spirit from its passing, and it remains disturbed until their remains are properly re-interred.
The views as to what is proper from that point on differ from nation to nation, and from individual to individual.
The Grande Ronde is a confederation of the survivors of 31 nations. That confederation has cultural preservation officers. I won't try to speak for any of them; that is not my place.
I am relatively sure who the descendants of the Kennewick man are today, but won't go into that quite yet here now.
My own current opinion on this matter is limited solely to Shawnee remains and artifacts, but as it is not my place to make those decisions, my opinion does not matter in terms of what is done today. I set out my earlier opinion in my book, and it still holds; I have given this matter much more thought since then, but will not discuss my current thinking on this with you here, but only privately with Shawnee and my fellow Shawnee descendants, and others who have a right to ask.
I am not a spiritual guide, but rely on others for that; that said, I hope I have pointed you in the proper direction.
Oh yes - I would like to add that in general eastern North American archaeologists hate my book, because it immediately raises all sorts of NAGPRA problems for nearly all of them. But as the facts will not go away, they are going to have to figure out how they will face them, and what they are going to do in the future.
Last edited by E.P. Grondine
on Thu Nov 03, 2011 12:41 pm, edited 3 times in total.
Usually people believe what they want to believe until reality intrudes.