Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Bin Laden Code-name “Geronimo” Is a Bomb in Indian Country

Although perhaps a bit far afield for Museum Anthropology, this editorial fundamentally relates to the issue of representation -- how American Indians are represented in the public sphere, an issue of great importance to museum anthropologists.

The US government may have captured and killed Osama Bin Laden with a surgical strike, but it also dropped a bombshell on Native America in the process. “We’ve ID’d Geronimo,” said the voice of the Navy SEAL who reported the hunt for Osama bin Laden was over. The President, and all those gathered in the situation room, waited on edge for the voice to return with the triumphant news, that in fact, “Geronimo” was dead. [Read on here]

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