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I shot these photos to accompany an article for High Country News on the dangers and difficulties Native American tribes face when repatriating pesticide-laden museum items.
Original photos can be viewed here.
Handle with Care
The items from the Peabody are tightly wrapped in garbage bags and stored in a dark corner of the museum. Whenever Jackson handles them he wears latex gloves.
Hoopa Tribal Museum curator Silis-chi-tawn Jackson displays artifacts returned to the tribe by Harvard University's Peabody Museum that were preserved with dangerous chemicals.
Among the artifacts returned to the tribe was a piece of a headdress worn during the White Deerskin Dance.