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Ned Blackhawk and Isaiah Lorado Wilner

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780300196511

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300196511.001.0001

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The Death of William Jones: Indian, Anthropologist, Murder Victim

The Death of William Jones: Indian, Anthropologist, Murder Victim

(p.209) Chapter 9 The Death of William Jones: Indian, Anthropologist, Murder Victim
Indigenous Visions

Kiara M. Vigil

Yale University Press

On March 21, 1910, the Supreme Court of the Philippines issued a ruling in The United States v. The Ilongots Palidat et al., a criminal case prosecuted by the US government against three indigenous men from the island of Luzon. The three men were found guilty of murdering William Jones, an American anthropologist working in the so-called headhunting country of the northernmost Philippines during the previous year. This chapter illuminates the identity of an indigenous intellectual as it intersected with imperial discourses, first in the United States and later in the Philippines. Through an examination of Jones's death, it considers how Gilded Age ideas of race and civilization functioned as a discourse to frame Jones in one way and his Ilongot assailants in another, ultimately producing the tragic misunderstanding between them.

Keywords:   William Jones, anthropologists, murder, indigenous people, Ilongot, Philippines

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