ASU student stars in Discovery Channel series

March 10, 2009

Lars Krutak is a “tattoo anthropologist,” an archaeologist and sociocultural anthropologist who has traveled the globe to document the technical and cultural aspects of indigenous body modification practices. He has trekked from the Arctic to the Amazon, Thailand to Turkey, all in search of the story of tattooing and how it relates to the peoples of the world.

Now, thanks to his intriguing research and globetrotting exploits, Krutak is getting his own television series. Tattoo Hunter premiered March 7 on the Discovery Channel and features Krutak journeying to Papua New Guinea to become the first outsider to bear the sacred tattoo of the Kaningara tribe – after enduring their blood rites. The next installment, March 14, follows Krutak as he navigates the jungles of Indonesia on a quest for the Mentawai spirit tattoo. Download Full Image

Krutak, a doctoral candidate in ASU's School of Human Evolution and Social Change in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has served as an anthropological consultant for three National Geographic documentaries and was a co-recipient of the 2003 American Book Award in Literature. Before devoting himself full time to tattoo anthropology, he worked at the Smithsonian Institution as a research collaborator in the National Museum of Natural History and as a repatriation research specialist at the National Museum of the American Indian. 

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Rebecca Howe

Communications Specialist, School of Human Evolution and Social Change


Clinton speaks on treaty making at University of Kansas

March 10, 2009

Robert">">Robert N. Clinton, Foundation Professor of Law at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, recently presented "The Return of Indian Treaty Making" at the 13th Annual Tribal Law and Government Conference at the University of Kansas.

The Feb. 13 conference focused on "Innovations in Tribal Governance." Download Full Image

While most people think of Indian treaty making as a convention of the past, Clinton, a leading tribal scholar, made a case for its resurgence. His presentation was part of a lineup that represented a forward-focused view of tribal law and governance.

"The speakers are experts in their field and represented a good interdisciplinary cross-section of law and policy," said Stacy Leeds, professor of law and director of the Tribal Law and Government Center at the KU School of Law. "In contrast to many conferences that focus on federal case decisions and federal law as it relates to Indian tribes, the speakers at this conference offered observations on the role of tribal law and tribal governments.

"They each discussed new approaches or new perspectives on tribal decision making and tribal governance with an eye toward the future. The presentations did not dwell on the history of federal Indian law and policy but instead, on the future of indigenous law and policy making."

In addition to Clinton, who is chief justice of the Winnebago Supreme Court and associate justice of other tribal courts, conference presenters were:

Patrice Kunesh, University of South Dakota School of Law, "Tribal Self-Determination in the Age of Scarcity;"
Aliza Organick, Washburn University School of Law, "Teaching Culture in the Classroom: Tribal Law and Best Practices in Legal Education;"
Steve Russell, Indiana University, "Sequoyah Rising: Doing What We Can with What We've Got;"
Christine Zuni-Cruz, University of New Mexico School of Law, "'Who are You?' Indigenous Identity and the Lines of Tribe;" and
Jeff Corntassel, University of Victoria School of Law, "Indigenous Governance Amidst the Forced Federalism Era."

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