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03 August


An adventure with TEDxMileHigh speaker Chip Colwell, and his colleague Ernest House Jr. of the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs

One of the most difficult and important debates in the museum world today is what to do about Native American sacred objects and human remains in collections. Should they go back home or stay in public collections? Join curator Chip Colwell and Native advocate Ernest House Jr. for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science collections, and a discussion about the future of our past.

Chip Colwell is Senior Curator of Anthropology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. He has published 10 books, most recently Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits: Inside the Fight to Reclaim Native America’s Culture (University of Chicago Press). His work has been highlighted in such venues as the New York Times, The Guardian, Salon, and Slate. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of, an online magazine about anthropological thinking and discoveries.

Ernest House Jr. is Executive Director for the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs, maintaining the communication between the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, the Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribe, and other American Indian organizations, state agencies and affiliated groups. Ernest is an enrolled member of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. He previously held the position of Executive Secretary under Governor Bill Owens and Governor Bill Ritter, and is a 2012 American Marshall Memorial Fellow.


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