Indian Culture and Spirituality: Some Reflections on the Shaping and Sharing of Cultural Values

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St. Thomas Law Review, Vol: 7, Issue: 3, Page: 473

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Burr, Sherri L.
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This article provides an introduction to the unique conflicts over American Indian cultural objects. There is clearly an internal appreciation of Indian culture by Indians, as well as an external appreciation of Indian culture by others either for personal use or to be display in homes or museums. Through this exchange, the creator of the objects shares his or her heritage with the recipient. By sharing art and cultural items, either voluntarily or by force, a learning process ensues about the objects and about those who created them. In considering ownership of Native American cultural objects, the law has not only arrived belatedly, but also sometimes with indifference to historical and cultural contexts.