Long Journey Home: The Repatriation of Indigenous Remains Across the Frontiers of Asia and the Pacific

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Date & time

Monday 07 May 2018


Visions Theatre National Museum of Australia




Kirsten Farrell

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From the late 18th century onwards Indigenous human remains were acquired by museums and private collectors. Early examples of Indigenous opposition to this practice, as well as attempts to retrieve their Ancestors, are reflected in the rise of the repatriation movement from the 1970s onwards. For the past forty years, Indigenous people(s) have fought hard to secure the return of their Ancestors and have achieved significant success.

This series of public lectures showcases expertise in repatriation from New Zealand, Hawaii, Australia, the USA, and Japan. In some of these countries, repatriation has a long history. In others, it is just beginning. Indigenous speakers at the forefront of repatriation provide critical insight and share their experiences, challenges and successes in achieving the return of their Ancestors from domestic and international museums.

This event is co-hosted by the School of Culture, History and Language, College of Asia and the Pacific (ANU); the National Centre for Indigenous Studies (ANU); and the National Museum of Australia.

Please note lunch options at the National Musuem may be limited. Please consider bringing your own lunch.

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