/ Modified may 13, 2011 5:06 a.m.

Amerind Foundation Continues Artifact Research

Organization is still devoted to Native American culture, but has adapted its focus over 75 years.

The Amerind Foundation has been collecting and researching Native American art and artifacts for nearly 75 years. The private, non-profit organization was founded by William Shirley Fulton, a wealthy industrialist with a passion for archaeology.

The Amerind's original mission was almost entirely academic, but that's changed over the years, in response to a growing interest in Native American culture. Today, the foundation runs a museum and a variety of interpretive programs.

Mark Duggan traveled to Amerind recently to interview director John Ware. They talked about the changes the fields archaeology and anthropology have endured, and how the Amerind has adapted to them.

Among the changes was the 1990 enactment of The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. Ware says museums had to re-assess what they collect and preserve. Despite being a private organization, Amerind voluntarily complied with the law.

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