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or more than 100 years, a birch bark scroll—nearly nine feet long and inscribed with pictographic symbols—was housed at the Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology. It languished

in storage for decades, its history and significance all but forgotten. But, starting in the fall of 2015, a series of events ultimately led Andover to return the scroll to representatives of the White Earth Nation, a federally recognized Native American tribe in Minnesota—and to rekindle a relationship that had begun decades before.

by Jane Dornbusch

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Andover | Winter 2017

Andover, the magazine - Winter 2017  

The Winter 2017 edition of Andover, the magazine of Phillips Academy.

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