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We were horrified’: Fights to repatriate Indigenous ancestral remains continue worldwide – CBC

by ahnationtalk on March 16, 202053 Views

Mar 15, 2020

‘Institutional arrogance’ is one reason bone collections remain an issue in 2020, says New Zealand expert

Vince Collison was 33 when he got involved with repatriating cultural treasures and ancestral human remains to Haida Gwaii. Today, the work isn’t over for the silver-haired 58-year-old.

Collison helped create an inventory of Haida ceremonial objects and human bones held by collectors and museums possessed worldwide.

When the Haida people learned how many ancestors’ remains were around the world — 500 have been returned to Haida Gwaii since 1999 — they were shocked.

“We were horrified to find the amount of ancestral [human] remains — our ancestors — stored away in museums all over the place,” Collison said.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/indigenous-remains-repatriation-efforts-1.5489390

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