Michael F. Brown, Who Owns Native Culture?. Pp. xiii+315.
Harvard University Press, Cambridge, London, 2003. ISBN
Michael Brown has written a book that must be read
by all who have a serious concern with heritage, particularly that
where the interests of “native” peoples are involved.
Throughout the book, there is evidence of extensive research and
careful analysis of the often complex issues that he raises. But it is
not a dry tome. A sense of humor appears. Describing the ethnobotanist
Richard Schultes, of Harvard University, Brown says: “He may have
been the only Republican in America who freely admitted to having
sampled just about every mind-altering plant yet discovered in the New
World” (p. 96). The book is written in a clear style with no use