The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture begins it's second regional tour of Kennewick Man on Trial this month. Discovered in 1996 on the shores of the Columbia River, Kennewick man has been determined to be between 5,650 and 9,510 years old. The exhibit examines controversial issues of law, ethics, science and race that surfaced along with this ancient man of mystery.
“Kennewick Man was about 5 feet 9 inches tall, and had a robust, muscular build. At the time of his death, he was between 30 and 50 years of age and had survived a projectile point wound in his right hip that probably made walking difficult. The area of Eastern Washington where he was found was cooler and wetter 9,000 years ago than today, with grasslands and scattered pine forests covering the land. Ancient large bison, elk, deer, fish, freshwater shellfish, and plants were important sources of food.” – Burke Museum
Thanks to commenter Tara for this book suggestion…
"A great book on the Kennewick Man case and the skeletons relation to contemporary American Indian peoples is Respect for the Ancestors: American Indian Cultural Affiliation in the American West. In it, Dr. Jones argues for a relationship between today's American Indians of the Plateau and the Kennewick Man. It will be interesting to see the museum's take."