Program Details: Open to the public

Coauthoring Comic Books about Repatriation with Native Nations

NAGPRA Comics is a community-based, collaboratively produced comic series that tells true stories about repatriation from tribal perspectives. We work with Native American communities to share their experiences with the law, from their point of view. This is an applied/educational comic series, so it also explains what the law is and how it works.

Repatriation, or the return of human remains and sacred objects under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (1990), is a complex law with an important history that most often is communicated through legalese and academic journals. NAGPRA Comics shares true stories about repatriation from the perspective of Native American communities, highlighting their experience with the law, and explaining how the law works, in an accessible format. Each issue is co-authored with the Native community and based on scholarship, interviews, and a collaborative writing process.

The first issue of NAGPRA Comics, "Journeys to Complete the Work: And Changing the Way We Bring Native American Ancestors Home" was created with museum director Shannon Martin and staff at the Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways. Producers of the series include Jen Shannon (Museum Curator and Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology at CU), John Swogger (comic artist), and Sonya Atalay (Anishnaabe-Ojibwe, Archaeologist at UMass-Amherst).

This community impact grant responds to a direct request from the White Earth Nation, an Ojibwe tribe in Minnesota, to work with us to create an issue in the NAGPRA Comics series. The funding from this grant will support local artist(s) working on the comic with us as well as purchase copies for the community.

This is a public program. For more information, please visit the program website.


Outside Colorado

  • Minnesota

Program Partners

Supporting This Program

  • University of Massachusetts - Amherst
  • White Earth Nation in Minnesota

Sponsoring Units

Research Institutes & Centers

  • University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

Program Contact

Jen Shannon
Curator & Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology

Program Categories


  • Anthropology
  • Community Resource
  • Govt./Law/Public Policy
  • History

Program Types:

  • Community Research
  • Publications


  • Adult Learners
  • General Public
  • Government
  • Indigenous Populations (International)
  • Tribal Communities (in U.S.)

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