One thing unimaginable occurred a few months in the past. After Oklahoma lawyer Brett Chapman (Pawnee) began tweeting concerning the tomahawk of Ponca Chief Standing Bear, which is at the moment in Harvard College’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the revered object may very well be going dwelling.
His brief messages requested why the tomahawk was within the care of that establishment and never with one of many two federally acknowledged Ponca tribes. The questions raised eyebrows, and as Cassie Packard reported for Hyperallergic, the museum later posted a assertion on its web site explaining that the museum and the Ponca tribe are “in active discussion about the homecoming of Chief Standing Bear’s pipe tomahawk belonging to the Ponca people.”
Chapman, who has Ponca heritage, joins me for this podcast to elucidate the historical past of the tomahawk and why the return of the heirloom is vital.