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Remains of Beothuk returned to Newfoundland from Scotland – The Telegram

by ahnationtalk on March 12, 202082 Views

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. —

It was a sombre and emotional gathering Wednesday evening in a boardroom at The Rooms as leaders and members of the province’s five Indigenous groups, along with the provincial government, announced the return of the remains of Demasduit and Nonosabasut to Newfoundland from Scotland.

Indigenous-led folk band Eastern Owl sang a song at the gathering to commemorate the long-awaited return.

In March 1819, the young Beothuk woman, Demasduit, was abducted by white settlers in Newfoundland, and her husband, Nonosabasut, was killed while trying to rescue her. They were among the few remaining Beothuk.

Several years later, their remains were removed from their burial hut by William Cormack and sent to Scotland, where they remained — until now.

Efforts to repatriate their remains have been ongoing since 2015, when Saqamaw Mi’sel Joe of Miawpukek First Nation first requested it.

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