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Talking God by Tony Hillerman is a novel that is about a conflict between a woman named Catherine Morris Perry and a Native American named Henry Highhawk Ms Perry is employed at the Washington Museum of National History as the Temporary Assistant Counsel Public Affairs Hillerman 2 In chapter one of this piece Mr Highhawk is upset because the museum in which Ms Perry works contains thousands of Native American bones of his ancestors that were dug up from their proper burial ground When he demands to have them returned to their correct home Ms Perry states that the museums policy is if an Indian tribe wanted ancestral bones returned it had only to ask for them and provide some acceptable proof that the bones in question had indeed been taken from the burial ground of the tribe Hillerman 3-4 Of course this is infuriating to Mr Highhawk seeing as the museum purposely does this because they know that it is practically impossible to prove this To open Ms Perrys eyes Henry Highhawk decides to flip the situation around When Catherine receives a package one day she finds that there is a letter attached from Henry Highhawk stating I ask that you accept these two skeletons for authentic display to your clients and release the bones of two of my ancestors so that they may be returned to their rightful place in Mother Earth Hillerman 5 When she opens the box she finds the remains of her dead grandparents I believe that the author of this novel Tony Hillerman was aiming to express this situation through the Native Americans point-of-view The major way that he displays this point-of-view is through Henry Highhawk sending the package of Ms Perrys grandparents bones to her When I read this it really hit me how the Indians felt when museums take their ancestors bones When the author expressed it this way it really made me think what if someone
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