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Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science

Kim TallBear


Native American DNA is not simply found in bodies, both living and dead, and in hi-tech laboratories. Drawing from history, genome science, ethnography, textual and policy analysis, TallBear shows how the scientific object is forged through social and material processes. Scientists like all of us yearn for knowledge of human origins. Genealogists buy genetic ancestry tests hoping to get proof of an Indian in the family tree. U.S. tribes use parentage tests to confer membership. Vestiges of 19th-century race science mix with 20th-century multi-culturalism and molecular knowledge to re-script Na ... More

Keywords: indigenous peoples, Native Americans, genetics and identity, race and genetics, genetic genealogy, bioethics, science and technology studies, indigenous studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780816665853
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816665853.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kim TallBear, author