Building Nation, Becoming Object: The Bio-Politics of the Samuel G. Morton Crania Collection

@article{Geller2020BuildingNB,
  title={Building Nation, Becoming Object: The Bio-Politics of the Samuel G. Morton Crania Collection},
  author={Pamela L Geller},
  journal={Historical Archaeology},
  year={2020},
  pages={1-19}
}
  • Pamela L Geller
  • Published 2020
  • Art
  • Historical Archaeology
  • Here I use a biohistorical approach to examine the connection between 19th-century nation building in the United States and physicians’ collection of crania, notably “specimens” amassed by Dr. Samuel Morton. Globally disparate places are represented in the Morton Collection, though roughly 25% are Native Americans. Morton acquired these decedents as a result of colonial expansion and military conflicts that revised the national borders of the U.S. Events precipitating removal of natives from… CONTINUE READING