The Unburied Dead

in The Skull Collectors

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780226233482
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226233499 | DOI:
The Unburied Dead

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This chapter focuses on Samuel George Morton's work with the skull of a Fijian man called Veidovi. It explains that skulls of Pacific Islanders were especially rare in American collections and Veidovi was brought to America by the United States Exploring Expedition in 1842. The chapter discusses the experiences of Veidovi in America and highlights the twist in his story when the States Exploring Expedition asked the Smithsonian Institute in the 1990s to return his remains to Fiji as a “gesture of respect and friendship.”

Keywords: Samuel George Morton; Veidovi; skulls; Fijian man; Pacific Islanders; United States; Exploring Expedition

Chapter.  14939 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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