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Repatriating Indigenous remains key to preserve privacy of communities – The Globe and Mail

by ahnationtalk on August 9, 201917 Views

Sometime soon, very soon, Nonosabasut and Demasduit will finally return home. The remains of the Beothuk couple who died 200 years ago will be released by the National Museum of Scotland, where they have long mouldered, and travel across the Atlantic to be received by the Indigenous people of Newfoundland and Labrador. Theirs is the most recent example of the long, slow process by which the bones and skulls once collected by museums around the world are making their way back to the places in Canada where they were found.

After protracted negotiations, complicated by the lack of anyone who can make a claim to be a direct ancestor of the Beothuk, Scotland will return the remains to the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que., which in turn will transfer them to The Rooms museum in St. John’s for safekeeping. The government of Newfoundland and Labrador has yet to decide on a final resting place, but it seems improbable that it will be another museum. All the movement in Canada is in the opposite direction, as museums labour to return remains to Indigenous communities.

Read More: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/art-and-architecture/article-repatriating-indigenous-remains-key-to-preserve-privacy-of-communities/

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