Monday, September 12, 2011

The doll was still gleaming white after all these years

Posted By on Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 8:00 AM

The New York Times published a short story Saturday about an archeological dig in Absarokee, Montana. The site marks where a draft agreement from Washington was read aloud to Crow leaders, forcing a tribe that once "dominated a vast swath of Montana" to a significantly smaller reservation.

“An Indian tribe faced the end of its traditional way of life, and it happened right here,” the archaeologist, Stephen Aaberg, explained to the Times.

The significance of the site, and the article's details, make it worth a read. For example, Kirk Johnson ends with this nugget:

Among the poignant pieces found in the local rubbish pit was the arm of a doll. In a compound where most of the children were mixed race or Indian, and darker skinned in any event, the arm was made of porcelain, still gleaming white after all those years underground.

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