Going Home | France and Germany Return Remains of Indigenous Peoples

Twenty Maori heads taken from New Zealand more than 200 years ago are finally on their way home after an emotional ceremony in Paris.
A French senator fought for five years to change the law so the Toi moko could be returned.

The saga has opened a worldwide debate about the holding of artifacts from other countries. Maori Heads Returned After French Senator’s Fight for 5 Years


Repatriation of scalps from a German museum to tribes in the United States is revealing the rift between the countries in the treatment of human remains as museum artifacts. Held by the Karl May Museum in Radebeul, the 17 scalps are part of a larger collection devoted to mythologizing a fictional vision of the American West.

Repatriation of Scalps from a German Museum to Native American Tribes


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