Museums Confront the Skeletons in Their Closets
“These are very moving moments for indigenous people around the world,” said Ned David, a Torres Strait islander who helps lead a repatriation group and attended the Berlin ceremony. “They are bringing their ancestral remains home. There are mixed emotions, one obviously of relief, so it’s a celebration. And then the moment is tinged with sadness for what was involved with the removal of the remains.”
Institutions like the Museum of Medical History in Berlin are responding to increasing claims to return bones and other human artifacts in their collections to indigenous peoples.
- Aboriginal remains to be returned to SA (bigpondnews.com)