Rediscovering voices from the past

Friday, 01 January 2016

Ruckstuhl K, Tayles N,  Buckley H R, Bradley R, Fyfe R and Ellison M. "The ancestors speak: Koiwi Tangata, Matauranga Maori and the development of biological anthropology in New Zealand”, The Routledge Handbook of Bioarchaeology in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, edited by Oxenham M and Buckley H R, 637-654 London and New York, Routledge 2016.

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Tāhei/necklace made of whale tooth ivory once worn by an adult make ancestor at Wairau Bar. E142.159

In recent years Maori and biological scientists are starting to recognise the benefits of a mutual dialogue concerning the scientific study of kōiwi tangata/human remains. This paper examines two case studies that exemplify this dynamic change. Both case studies involve the return of ancestors from museums. Canterbury Museum’s participation in the return of tupuna to Rangitane iwi of Blenheim is discussed.