Repatriation of Maori Human Remains

In 2007, Regenstein Curator of Pacific Anthropology John Edward Terrell and A. Watson Armour III Curator Robert Martin traveled to New Zealand to participate in the official repatriation of Maori ancestral remains held by The Field Museum.  This was the first repatriation of Maori ancestral remains from a mainland museum in the USA. 

A moving ceremony took place at The National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongawera in Wellington on the stunning modern marae that had been built at Te Papa as a cooperative effort by numerous Maori artists. 

John and Bob were accompanied by a delegation of seven American Indian representatives. The American Indian Center in Chicago has developed a special relationship with Ruatepupuke II, our Maori meeting house here at The Field Museum.

The audio used in the making of this film originally aired on "The World" (a co-production of the BBC, PRI, and WGHB Boston) on 7 September 2007.  All images are © Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

These images are supplied for your personal study and research only.  Any further reproduction of these images requires the permission of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. If your image has been used in this film and you would like it removed please contact John Terrell at the Field Museum. 

View a transcript of the production here.

Background image: Port Moresby by Hitchster. CC BY 2.0 / cropped and desaturated from original

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