CULTURE: Of Spirit and Blood

A Museum showcases Native American treasures while posing the question: Who is Indian?

The video playing on the TV set in the simulated living room features a confrontation between two young, dark-haired women. "Where'd you get that necklace?" demands one, indicating a strand of white carved stones and shells. "It was my grandmother's," says the other. "Is your grandmother Indian?" "Of course," comes the reply. "Are you an Indian?" "Yes." "You don't look Indian." "Well, I am." "No, you're not." "Oh, yes, I am." The woman with the necklace rummages through her purse, then produces an ID card. Her interrogator beams in belated recognition: "Sister!" A voice- over admonishes, "Never leave the rez without...

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