In the back-biting world of academia, a biological anthropologist studying indigenous genetics is found bludgeoned to death, his head lying in a pool of Native American DNA. The university chancellor’s son, an Athabascan native and archeology student, is charged with murder. He’d led a violent protest against the genomic studies of the first Americans.
PI Harry Przewalski becomes immersed in a tangle of deceit, personal vendettas, unethical research, and illicit affair, and the coverup of an archeological bombshell. Treachery surrounds a missing flint spear point, 13,000 years old from western Kansas, that threatens to upend careers and what we knew about the first Americans. Was the anthropologist killed over an explosive theory that the Americas were peopled at least twice from different continents more than 15,000 years ago?
Native Blood also tackles the intense conflicts between genetics, archeology, and the Native Americans’ own origin stories. It reveals anthropology’s long entanglement with race and racial theory, and the darkest shadows cast by the unspeakable treatment of indigenous peoples.