"An outcry from the Native community led to the meeting with the Parks Department, and the decision to eliminate the dig."
The design originally included a mock “artifact dig” (above) in a circular sandbox, containing objects modeled after Native American artifacts that children would “excavate.” But the Parks Department removed the objects out of the sandbox on Monday, following a meeting with representatives of the Native community on Nov. 1st. that lasted three hours. (A Northattan.com reporter was denied access to the meeting by a Parks Department official.) Objects in the artifact dig had included “a clay pot, various arrow heads, and stone tools,” but Native American representatives said that digging up Native artifacts is considered “desecration” in light of “archaeological travesties to our community” including unearthing of burial sites, acts made illegal by the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. (Photo by Chiara Sottile/Northattan)
A renovation of the Indian Road Playground in Inwood is nearly complete after a year, though with some changes that came about because of objections from Native Americans concerned that parts of the original design were offensive, according to Northattan.com.
Northattan - November 11, 2010 - By Chiara Sottile